DAVE DOUGLAS

DAVE DOUGLAS The Infinite (RCA/BMG) Rating: NNN Rating: NNNTop gun jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas takes a crack at the old.


DAVE DOUGLAS The Infinite (RCA/BMG) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN

Top gun jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas takes a crack at the old pop covers crossover ruse. But instead of dramatically reinventing mainstream mega-hits, he switches to smooth mode and plays up the inherent melodic sweetness of Rufus Wainwright’s Poses, Mary J. Blige’s Crazy Games and Bjork’s Unison for those who take double sugar in their frappuccino. A stacked band, involving tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, keyboardist Uri Caine, bassist James Genus and drummer Charles Penn, makes sure it all sounds pleasantly unobtrusive, but if you’re going to pander, it’s probably better to aim low.

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