Album Of the Week:Dave Douglas and High Risk – High Risk

High Risk - High Risk

Two-time Grammy nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players: Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective), on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.

 

“This is completely different from the processes that go on in my other bands,” explains Douglas. “And at the same time it’s totally the same: a bunch of highly skilled individuals who bring themselves and their personality and their skills to the table, to attack these ideas and materials that I bring into the session.”

 

Recorded by five-time Grammy nominated Geoff Countryman (Dr. Luke, Patti LaBelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Randy Brecker, Gregory Porter, Fred Hersch) and mixed by Steve Wall (Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, Meshell Ndegeocello) the album finds Douglas again walking a musical high wire.

As Shigeto explains it:

“Jazz has always had a place in my life, whether it was my father playing his records for me or just playing tunes with friends. Before I got into production, all I wanted was to be a jazz drummer.”

Make sure to listen to the title track “High Risk,”  “Etiquette”  and “Tied Together” which easily showcase the range of sounds that they capture on the album.

Through their collective in-depth understanding of kaleidoscopic music and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.

7.5/10

 

High Risk is out now with Greenleaf Music (buy)

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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