Douglas Leaps In, Soulfully

The late, underappreciated pianist Mary Lou Williams was always cutting edge, and trumpeter Dave Douglas, on his major-label debut Soul on Soul, does nothing to diminish that fact with his sprightly interpretations of four of her tunes, including "Waltz Boogie" (RealAudio excerpt). And on his own compositions, Douglas and drummer Joey Baron, pianist Uri Caine, bassist James Genus, trombonist Josh Roseman and reed players Greg Tardy and Chris Speed suitably embrace Williams' spirit of adventure.