Title - '2¢'
Artist - Douglas Olsen
For those not in the know, Douglas Olsen has been a freelance trumpeter for over 25 years performing jazz and world music.
Indeed, he plays solo and/or lead trumpet with many of New England’s top bands and has also been a featured soloist with Scary Pockets, Iguie Castrillo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Latin Logic, Vibra Tropical, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, USAF Band of Liberty, Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, Berklee College of Music Faculty Bigband, Big Apple Circus, Aretha Franklin, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Furthermore, Doug has recorded extensively on pop/rock, swing, jazz, and latin CD’s, including: The Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark Bigband, The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, The Fernando Huergo Bigband, The New World Jazz Composers Octet, A Collective Directive, “Prozac Nation” by Bellevue Cadillac (featured on the The Sopranos and Shallow Hal), and jazz vocalist Michelle Mailhot’s 'A Happy Madness.'
Olsen's brand new album, 2¢ (out now), features a collection of both new and older compositions, with the addition of a few arrangements of his favorite covers to have performed over the years.
2. '2 Cents'
3. 'Algo Bueno'
5. 'Miles Rumba'
6. 'Critical Mass'
8. 'Una Para Ti'
Opening with the free flowing majesty of 'Tailwind,' next up is the quieter, more relaxed title track, which is backed by the gently frenetic Latin-styling of the 1942 jazz standard written by Dizzy Gillespie, 'Algo Bueno,' which is itself followed by both the uptempo swing of 'Rat-Race' and the Gendrickson Mena Diaz-written 'Miles Rumba.'
One of my own personal favorites, the delightful 'Critical Mass' is up next and is backed by the Latin hipsway of 'Boperation' (from Howard McGee and Fats Navarro), with the album rounding out on the dulcet, late night underground dive bar ambiance of 'Un Para Ti,' closing on the thrashingly fervent, yet at all times cultured 'Passage.'
You can order 2¢ now at Amazon.