'Time Travel' shows Douglas' mastery of his horn
Dave Douglas Quintet (Greenleaf Music)
Trumpeter Dave Douglas has been celebrating “Time Travel” in more ways than just this album. He is on the road to mark his 50th birthday, time that shows steady growth as well as age. Douglas' music always is delightfully hard to define, roaming on this album from a post-hard-bop “Bridge to Nowhere” to “Law of Historical Memory,” which could be the slow movement of a symphony as played by a quintet. Then there is “The Pigeon and the Pie,” which is hard to put in a category, but is enjoyable and accessible. The album is vastly different from his last, “Be Still,” the gentle look at hymns. It is highlighted by several elements. First, his tone never fades from its strength and fullness. He has range that he uses appropriately, making him a master of the horn rather than simply a showoff. Also standing out on the album are saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who gives a great voice to the ensemble play, and bassist Linda Oh. It is available April 9.
— Bob Karlovits
Michael Gallant Trio (Gallant Music)
‘Wolff & Clarke Expedition'
Michael Wolff and Mike Clark (Random Act)
Piano trios do not have to be dull. Keyboardists Michael Gallant and Michael Wolff make that point on “Completely” and ”Wolff and Clark Expedition,” respectively. Both have hard-working trios that stay far away from the lobby-music drone of many piano threesomes. With bassist Linda Oh and drummer Chris Infusino, Gallant churns out songs that range from a rhythm-and-blues flavored “The Real Maria” to a gentle-but-not-milquetoast “Lightbulb.” Bassist Oh also stands out on the recording, playing mostly on electric, but adding a good touch to the laid-back “Candlelight.” Wolff and Clark, accompanied by bassist Chip Jackson put together a good effort. They offer convincing renditions of the Beatles' “Come Together” and Joe Zawinul's “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” But Nat Adderley's “Hummin'” and Wolff's “ARP” and “Flat Out” are the standouts. It is not Wolff at his finest, but he never disappoints.
— Bob Karlovits
The Band Perry (Republic Nashville)
The Band Perry isn't the same sweet gang who fretted about “If I Die Young” anymore. It's issuing murderous threats like “Better Dig Two” now. Not only does The Band Perry — singer-guitarist Kimberly Perry and her brothers bassist Reid and drummer Neil — sound more confident and accomplished on its sophomore album, “Pioneer,” the group backs it up with stronger hooks and better lyrics. Using “Better Dig Two” to launch “Pioneer” was a gamble, but it's paid off, topping the country charts with an angry defense of marriage vows, where Kimberly promises, “I'll go to heaven or I'll go to hell before I'll see you with someone else.” And the “Pioneer” songs only get easier to sell after that, especially the title track, which compares a touring musician's traveling life to that of the early pioneers. In case all those musical adventures don't make it clear enough, The Band Perry is out to stretch the boundaries of today's country music by injecting it with literary references and rock-and-pop influences.
New Kids on the Block (The Block)
Since reuniting in 2008, New Kids on the Block has proved to be among the savviest pop acts around. With its new album “10,” the quintet's winning streak continues, effortlessly plugging into pop's current styles without losing its own trademark harmonies and vocal styles. While the lyrics of “Remix (I Like The)” are a bit on the cutesy side, the slick, slightly-retro production and the catchy chorus are right on target. “The Whisper” is even better, an inspirational dance anthem in the style of David Guetta's work with Usher and Sia. Yes, yes, they're still hangin' tough.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Wiz Khalifa’s life not the same, but he’s still having fun
- ‘Bangerz’ tour a long way from ‘Hannah Montana’ for Miley Cyrus
- Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble woos with ‘Drunken Moon’
- Miley weighs in on her newest work, changing image
- Takei to host Pittsburgh Pops ‘Sci-Fi’ concerts
- Rock For Life drums up help for those in need
- Get back to roots at AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival
- 5 Seconds of Summer announce 2015 tour
- Review: Buffett keeps faith with fans on ‘This One’s for You’ tour
- Review: New Music Ensemble presents 23 short pieces
- Review: Opera Theater Summerfest concert fitting honor for founder