"[Douglas has] moxie, initiative and artistic freedom" - Frank Alkyer, DownBeat
"Lovano is one of the greatest musicians in jazz history" - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
Featuring: Joe Lovano - Tenor saxophone, woodwinds
Dave Douglas - Trumpet
Lawrence Fields - Piano
Linda Oh - Bass
Rudy Royston - Drums
For almost twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano's 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. However, the two had yet to find the "proper balance of personnel," as Douglas puts it, to form a group of their own until they assembled pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and veteran downtown drummer Joey Baron in 2011. A few years and several gigs later, their band Sound Prints released their debut album, Sound Prints: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival on Blue Note Records.
Sound Prints takes their inspiration from the music of Shorter - the band's name is a nod to his classic "Footprints" - however the quintet's focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with Shorter himself, who exclaims: "Onward! Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron! It's not often when a combination of musicians such as the aforementioned elect to immerse themselves in an explorative adventure without hesitation or reservation. May they continue forging ahead on the trail less trodden. Onward!"
"The defining trait of Sound Prints," wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times in a review of their engagement at the Village Vanguard, "is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play." Chinen added that "Mr. Lovano and Mr. Douglas are two of the leading figures in jazz, with separate histories and only a few points of past intersection... Given that Mr. Shorter is a living totem for both of these bandleaders, it made sense that they would rekindle that tribute, on their own time and in their own fashion."