Doug Wamble News

Doug Wamble To Explore The World Of William Faulkner Thanks To Composition Grant

Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Marsalis Music

Congratulations are in order to Marsalis Music artist Doug Wamble, who recently learned that he had been awarded a New Works grant from Chamber Music America. The grant program, which supports the creation of new music by established ensembles with a history of performing original music featuring jazz improvisation, will allow Wamble to compose an extended piece for his working quartet plus horns that provides a sound portrait of the fictional world of William Faulkner.
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Submitted by Ben on June 30th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Bonnaroo: Hippie Fashion Statements and Protest Songs

Date: 06.17.2007
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Jon Pareles


Back in the 1960’s, the hippie counterculture briefly looked like a political opposition to a protracted war. At Bonnaroo this year, hippie fashion statements also go with protest songs and anti-Bush pronouncements. Perhaps that’s no surprise at a festival that includes longtime politically inclined rappers like the Roots, Michael Franti and El-P, who tour to the same collegiate audience that comes to Bonnaroo. Friday’s lineup also included Manu Chao, the globe-trotting, mostly Spanish-speaking songwriter whose hopped-up reggae and ska songs decry violence and poverty, support human rights (especially for immigrants and displaced people) and savor romance and marijuana.
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Submitted by Ben on June 16th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Doug Wamble Blue State

Date: 08.01.2005
Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Jon Pareles


Terms like “eclectic” sell Doug Wamble short. His sophomore release, with pianist Roy Dunlap, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Peter Miles, is a 21st-century drama with gospel, blues, Americana, neosoul, bop and modal characters strutting across the stage. In his liner notes, fellow guitarist-vocalist Matt Munisteri pinpoints the singularity of Wamble’s art as well as anyone could hope to, but let me remark on a few vibrant qualities: the rootsy purity of Wamble’s guitar tone; the advanced content of his improvised lines; and the winsome drawl of his singing voice, but also its haunting, preacherly power.
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Submitted by Ben on July 31st, 2005 — 11:00pm

Bluestate Moves Farther Into Jazzy Territory

Date: 06.23.2005
Publication: Toronto Star
Author: Greg Quill

On his second outing produced, as was his debut, Country Libations, by Branford Marsalis, the American singer/guitarist/songwriter moves farther into jazz territory, though it’s clearly his formative country/folk environment that sustains his sensibilities.

The opener, “If I Live to See the Day,” is a biting indictment of American foreign policy, as powerful a protest song as we’ve heard in decades, dressed up in Weather Report drag.
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Submitted by Ben on June 22nd, 2005 — 11:00pm

Doug Wamble: Blue State

Date: 06.16.2005

Doug Wamble’s second album as a leader, Bluestate, captures an artist breaking completely into his own voice. Wamble’s playing is joyous, humorous, sharp, intelligent, and deeply felt. With Bluestate Wamble joins a select group of adventurous guitarists who work from the jazz mode and pull elements from other styles of music as they like: Bill Frisell and Kurt Rosenwinkel are two that come quickly to mind.
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Submitted by Ben on June 15th, 2005 — 11:00pm