Newport Jazz Festival 2012
Later in the day, trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano delivered a bristling set of music with their Wayne Shorter-inspired Soundprints quintet. While the saxophone icon was the acknowledged influence, saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s stamp was also evident in the group interplay. Drummer Joey Baron’s musical antics and bassist Linda Oh’s springy bottom end helped to drive the band, as both musicians tapped into a seemingly endless reservoir of energy. Those who’ve heard some of Baron’s sideman dates of late may have thought he was mellowing with age, but his playing at Newport said otherwise. Madcap fills, strong grooves and machine gun snare drum tantrums popped up frequently. Pianist Lawrence Fields carried himself in low key fashion, delivering manicured yet probing piano lines that contrasted nicely with the fiery horn work of the two leaders.
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