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The Boston Globe: “And at his best, on a piece like “The Mulatto Shuffle,” he can suggest one of his heroes, Charles Mingus, creating counter-themes among his warring horns that gradually rise and merge into one ecstatic shout…Dominique’s humor is worth taking seriously.”
New Music Box: “Ritual reminds me of the best parts of the tradition of “rock band plus horns,” albeit with violin, flute, and flugabone…”
Downbeat Magazine: “A maximalist inspired by minimalists, composer David Dominique practices a rowdy, muscular brand of modernism. Picture Charles Mingus staging a hostile takeover of the Sun Ra Arkestra with arrangements by Sonic Youth…Dominique’s band teeters on the fulcrum where discipline crumbles into anarchy…”
Procurement Records: “One of my top jazz albums of the year.”
The Avant Music News featured an extensive interview about RITUAL, describing it as a “strong offering of aggressive modern compositions…”
Examiner.com: “Dominique has come up with a swinging rhetoric that evokes the grandeur of much larger big bands from the past, but that rhetoric is refracted through the sonorities of many sources that forged the path to what we now encounter in the 21st century…a wild ride.”
Textura Magazine: “Like Threadgill, Dominique has an appetite for through-composed chamber pieces, as well as funeral dirges. But being through-composed doesn’t rule out passion, and the material, especially when the rhythm section lends its blustery attack to it, is anything but genteel.”
The Chattanooga Pulse: “…intricately carved arrangements and compositions that inspire fiery performances from his ensemble…choreographed outbursts and pounding rock-influenced drumming, are balanced with the smoldering, unhurried moments on Ritual, making it both compositional and emotionally complex.”
SomethingElse!Reviews describes RITUAL as “packed with energy and unexpected twists…a soundtrack just looking for the right stage production to go along with it. The script would have to be cheeky, unpredictable and engaging in order to fit to this music.”
Just Outside: “…tightly composed and performed, very well arranged (the band often sounds bigger than it is) with catchy, often boppish melodic lines.”
The Jazz Weekly: “The sounds are free and driving, and are always on the verge of teetering over the cliff, but the vehicle spins the wheels fast enough to get you back on the road. A thrilling ride!”
Memory Select: Avant-Jazz Radio: “Even lacking the size, it’s got that big-band character, with forceful melodies barked out by the horns…It’s all in service to David Dominique’s compositions, which include nooks, crannies, and trap doors where the players get to improvise.”
Music Writer/Scholar Paul Steinbeck: “…consistently energetic-brilliantly conceived and executed from start to finish. I’m reminded of Henry Threadgill, Sex Mob, Defunkt- some of the best horn-oriented music of the past few decades.”
The Boston Counter-Cultural Compass, December 2013 issue: “RITUAL for example is like a Charles Mingus record, a comparison that hardly ever gets drawn in our world because nobody’s got the right pencil. Well Dominique and his band have GOT IT. Interesting and unique big band arrangments make his experimental jazz compositions both fit in traditionally and stand out entierely in this day and age. We highly recommend picking up his self-released disc and getting to know this relevant musical mind.”
The Avant Music News chose RITUAL as one of its picks of the week! I’m delighted to be in the company this week of The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and Risset!
The Brandeis Hoot calls RITUAL “a powerhouse collection of innovative jazz…highly original and equally dynamic…raw riffs and energetic busts of sound…”
November 1, 2013: My forthcoming full-length CD, RITUAL, officially entered the manufacturing phase today! Release Date: 12/3/2013. Album artwork and CD Design (above) by Annie Lapin and FetusFawn.
June 10, 2013: Check out this great review of opening night of “Starcrosser’s Cut” from the Hollywood Reporter:
The musical composition by David Dominique never merely backs or underscores the action but instead comprises an integral component of the overall expression…Indeed, one could well perceive this as a contemporary classical chamber oratorio, for amplified voices, tape and a piquant ensemble of accordion, flute, viola and electric guitar. To open ears, the advanced tonalities harmonize euphoniously, if with a free-ranging dread.
May 10, 2013: Dave has composed and will conduct a live chamber score for “The Starcrosser’s Cut”, a new 3-act theater collaboration with playwright/director Joseph Tepperman. The piece is a fictional reconstruction of the police interview after the arrest of infamous NASA astronaut, Lisa Nowak. We will perform the work on six dates in Los Angeles, from June 6-16. Details coming soon!