“I felt smarter after listening to Present Joys. Along with pianist Uri Caine, [Douglas] opens a channel into the middle of his musicianship and just lets it all flow out without anything superfluous or presumptuous.”
Today is release day for Greenleaf Music’s latest, Present Joys (Greenleaf Music CD-1037 and LP-1038), a duo recording by longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine. Present Joys brings Douglas and Caine together for an intimate but exploratory outing inspired by the Sacred Harp tradition. The pair take on five pieces from shape-note tunebooks as well as several new Douglas compositions undertaken in the same vein. These ten pieces engage Douglas’ trumpet and Caine’s piano in a captivating conversation full of memorable melodies and intricate digressions.
In support of Present Joys, Douglas and Caine recently completed a European tour, which you can read about here, and watch their live performance from Torino below. This weekend, Dave and Uri will be in Philadelphia and Baltimore. For more information on these performances, click here.