Dave Douglas Quintet Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 4, 8 p.m. 2012

It's been more than two years since powerhouse trumpeter Dave Douglas has played in Chicago, and even longer since he brought along this terrific quintet with reedist Donny McCaslin. He's kept busy with a variety of projects, including Brass Ecstasy (which hit the Jazz Festival in 2008 and the Jazz Showcase the following year), Keystone (which plays original film scores, and most recently released a three-volume soundtrack to Bill Morrison's Spark of Being), and most intriguingly a suite with So Percussion called Bad Mango. That recording is part of a three-CD box on the trumpeter's Greenleaf label, Three Views: GPS Vol. 1-3, made up of albums by three different groups. Also included is the quintet record Orange Afternoons, filled with finely wrought postbop ballads; though the band Douglas plays with tonight features only bassist Linda Oh from that session, I expect they'll perform those lovely, multidimensional pieces, which showcase Douglas at his most lyrical and fluid. He's joined here by McCaslin, Oh, pianist Kenny Werner, and drummer Clarence Penn. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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