Derek Douget: Perpetual Motion (2002)
Perpetual Motion is Douget's first outing as a leader, and the Marsalis influence is evident right from the start, on the opener, "G.O.A.", a post-bop cookerthink early Wynton, compostionallythat features some glowing trumpet work by Nicolas Payton. Douget's alto blowing has an assured feel to it, a bit rough hewn in sound, fiery, a nice juxtaposition to Payton's in-total-control trumpet work that does, indeed, as they say, invite comparisons to Pops.
Seven of the disc's nine tunes are Douget originals, with Tad Dameron's "Hot House" thrown in, cooking; and then there's a guest slot for the sax man's old teacher and current quintet mate, Ellis Marsalis, who sits in on piano on his song, "Friendships", for a duet with his old pupil.
The ten minute plus "Madness" might be the disc's highlightdark in tone, with angular piano work by Jonathon Lefcoski, and inventive soprano blowing by Douget. A song that churns in like rumbling black storm clouds off the Gulfand if anyone hasn't noticed, Jason Marsalis has developed into a helluva drummer.
A fine Marsalis-influenced debut by Derek Douget.
Track Listing: G.O.A., Sir Remy, Scrambler, Friendships, Hot House, Madness, Finally, Session Blues, CODA
Personnel: Derek Douget, alto and soprano saxes; Nicholas Payton, trumpet and flugelhorn; Roland Guerin, bass; Adonis Rose, drums; Jonathon Lefcoski, piano; Ellis Marsalis, piano; Jason Marsalis, drums
Record Label: Lookout Jazz