Prolific trumpeter/composer/band leader Dave Douglas returns with yet another great group—this one a quintet based on the funky ambience of In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis.

Prolific trumpeter/composer/band leader Dave Douglas returns with yet another great group—this one a quintet based on the funky ambience of In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis. Joining Douglas are Chris Potter on tenor sax and bass clarinet, James Genus on bass, Clarence Penn on drums, and—most integral to the "new" sound—Uri Caine on Fender Rhodes piano. Armed not only with chops but with the taste of the ace arranger that he is, Caine lays down sonic atmospheres ideal for Douglas and Potter to lace with their serpentine lines, often in tandem (a la Davis with Wayne Shorter). The top-notch material is mostly from Douglas, although he shows his usual inspired feel for outside material by covering a trio of contemporary pop tunes: Rufus Wainwright's "Poses," Mary J. Blige's "Crazy Games," and Björk's "Unison." The highlights include the sublimely lyrical take on "Poses," as well as the leader's title track, a wonder of tensile give-and-take. There is no doubt that Douglas is the jazz man of the hour—hardly anyone else comes close.—BB

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