Praise for High Risk

Posted by: Russell on June 29, 2015 @ 5:02 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

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HIGH RISK is officially one week old. We appreciate everyone’s support and are shipping out orders as fast as we can. Buy your copy here. Plenty of folks have great things to say about HIGH RISK the album and live performances alike:

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I’ve seen Dave Douglas three times in the last few years in Ottawa, each time at the helm of a different band. But only on Friday night did I see Douglas at the beginning of his show, literally jumping on the spot as the music pulsed, seemingly extra excited to get busy and join in with the sounds around him. read more >>>

 

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Among brand-name contemporary jazz musicians, few have embraced change and experimentation like trumpeter Dave Douglas. For years he seemed to form a new group every few months, each with a particular mission or focus—though lately he’s settled down. On this year’s Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) he flexes the mainstream chops at his core during an excellent set with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and the collective Sound Prints (the recording is the latest in a series celebrating the music of saxophonist Wayne Shorter). His most recent project, however, finds him pushing boundaries again. read more >>>

 

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Play it safe? Dave Douglas wouldn’t dream of it.

Artistically, that is. The 52-year-old New Yorker might well be one of those drivers who never lets his gas drop below a quarter-tank, or a diner who always reserves. But with a trumpet in his hands, and a project in his head, Douglas is definitely a risk-taker.

To start somewhere, let’s take his new band and its debut album, to be released next week. Both are called — what else — High Risk. read more >>>

 

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Dave Douglas is a well-established jazz player who has been an active performer since the mid-’80s and who has recorded with a number of influential ensembles, including John Zorn‘s Masada Quartet and his own Balkan music group, Tiny Bell Trio. Zach Saginaw—who records under his middle name, Shigeto—composes lightly psychedelic instrumental hip-hop and has released a number of records via the label Ghostly International. The pair first met last year, via a Red Bull Music Academy event that paired musicians—Nels Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Petra Haden, among others—in a series of solo and duet improvisations. And while they aren’t necessarily obvious collaborators, the two hit it off. read more >>>

 

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Nels Cline knows a thing or two. Whether the Wilco guitarist and master improviser had any sort of larger plan in mind when he hooked trumpeter Dave Douglas up with electronic musician Zachary Saginaw is up for debate, but what was initially an impromptu pairing has become a full-blown band—and you can hear that band, High Risk, at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival this weekend. read more >>>

 

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Music via electrodes is nothing new to trumpeter Dave Douglas. He’s blended jazz with electronic music before and the results were about as consistently good as anything else he had recorded. Freak In was especially caustic mix, one that rewarded those who took the plunge and punished those who had not kept up on contemporary jazz (my boss, hearing it come out of my work computer, told me that it wasn’t music). High Risk, Douglas’ collaboration with bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electronic musician Shigeto, walks closer to the heels of Douglas’s Keystone project.  read more >>>

 


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Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” Out Today!

Posted by: Russell on June 23, 2015 @ 11:08 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

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We’re happy to announce the release of Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK. You’ve probably heard some tracks either from Pitchfork or from Resident Advisor. Maybe you’ve seen the EPK with footage from the studio. You might have even checked out this review from PopMatters. We’re excited to get this music in your hands and in your ears. Choose from CD’s, Long Play Records or Digital DownloadBuy now! HIGH RISK will be on tour in Canada and the United States for the next two weeks. Check below for their schedule.

“High Risk is about as fresh as music can get.”

-PopMatters

High Risk on Tour

6/25/2015 | Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival |Rochester | Buy Tickets

6/26/2015 | TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival | Ottawa | Buy Tickets

6/27/2015 | TD Victoria International Jazz Festival | Victoria | Buy Tickets

6/28/15 | TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver | Buy Tickets

6/29/2015 | Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival | Saskatoon | Buy Tickets

6/30/15 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal | Buy Tickets

7/1-2/15 | Constellation | Chicago | Buy Tickets (7/1), Buy Tickets (7/2)

7/3/2015 | Iowa City Jazz Festival | Iowa City | FREE

 


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Matt Ulery performs at Chicago’s ‘Downtown Sound’ June 22

Posted by: Russell on June 18, 2015 @ 1:31 pm
Filed under: Matt Ulery

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Greenleaf’s own Matt Ulery will perform music from his latest Greenleaf release, In the Ivory, at Downtown Sound in Chicago’s Millenium Park on June 22nd. Don’t miss this free public concert in a beautiful setting.  Preview and buy In the Ivory here, check out the Downtown Sound calendar and other info here.

Active Child + Matt Ulery‘s In The Ivory featuring eighth blackbird

LA-based multi-instrumentalist Patrick Grossi, aka Active Child, will present the Chicago live premiere of his highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, Mercy. Known for his porcelain falsetto and cascading harp, Active Child’s live show shimmers with lush arrangements, stunning visuals and a talented team of backing musicians. Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery creates resplendent, lyrical, transportive chamber-jazz music. Ulery has forged a unique signature sound, with three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird plus a core rhythm team: UIlery, double bass and voice; Rob Clearfield, piano, Jon Deitemyer, drums; vocalist Grazyna Auguscik; Aurelien Pederzoli, violin; and Dominic Johnson, viola.


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Dave Douglas & High Risk Tour US & Canada This Summer

Posted by: Russell on June 8, 2015 @ 11:53 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)

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Dave Douglas’ High Risk drops on June 23rd!  Preorder your copy at the Greenleaf Store where you can also preview the track Molten Sunset. You can also stream some tracks from High Risk on Pitchfork and Dave’s SoundCloud profile. Be sure to check out the EPK below. High Risk will tour US and Canada in June and July:

6/25/2015 | Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival |Rochester | Buy Tickets

6/26/2015 | TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival | Ottawa | Buy Tickets

6/27/2015 | TD Victoria International Jazz Festival | Victoria | Buy Tickets

6/28/15 | TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver | Buy Tickets

6/29/2015 | Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival | Saskatoon | Buy Tickets

6/30/15 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal | Buy Tickets

7/1-2/15 | Constellation | Chicago | Buy Tickets (7/1), Buy Tickets (7/2)

7/3/2015 | Iowa City Jazz Festival | Iowa City | FREE


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The Serial Sessions: Skyscrapers

Posted by: Russell on June 5, 2015 @ 6:10 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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Your 5th subscriber track of the year is here! Reedman Chet Doxas talks about recording Skyscrapers:

I’m writing this at the Bronx Zoo and just said out loud, with my ear buds in,  ”hey, that sounds like a Dave Douglas tune!” Feeling inspired by the uniqueness and clarity of Dave’s composing, I decided to find out a little more about Skyscrapers and texted Dave to ask if he could explain the meaning of the title (see below for his description, it’s inspiring)

The idea for the tune came years ago, when I first came to NY. I wrote a poem about an experience I had walking on 34th Street. I was intimidated by the bustling crowds and all the competition. The skyscrapers at dusk kind of reminded me of the hustle, and then, as I walked down 34th, the moon emerged from behind one of them and I realized how very small those buildings were in comparison. Kind of put the whole thing in perspective.

I never found a use for the poem or the image, until you and I were working on Riverside and we played Giuffre’s tune, The Train and The River. This felt like a 21st century update of the feeling in that title.

Because we moved so swiftly through this day of recording, it makes it particularly interesting for me to listen back to these tracks every month. I couldn’t say that I remembered recording this piece specifically but, it certainly came flooding back to me within the first five seconds of listening. As anybody who has played with Dave will tell you, his compositions always sound great the first time you play through them and, because he’s so good at getting to the point of each compositional idea, it keeps everyone who’s performing the material fired up and engaged in a fresh sounding way. This is especially obvious by the great solos played by Ryan Keberle and Rudy Royston. Being new in town, I had never met either of them and was blown away by their playing. I’ve have since had the pleasure of listening to them on several occasions and am always excited about how committed they are to interacting with each other while, at the same time, having such command of their instruments and ideas.

I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we enjoyed performing and recording it. While listening, try to picture how much fun we were all having; great pieces and direction from Dave, several new musical meetings among the group, no rehearsals…a kind of “jam session” feel to the whole day.

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Pitchfork covers High Risk + streaming track

Posted by: Russell on @ 11:18 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)

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We’re pumped that Pitchfork has taken notice of Dave Douglas’ new release High Risk. Head over there to check an exclusive stream of “First Things First.” Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of High Risk at the GLM Store. We have CD’s, limited edition LP’s, and digital copies available. Buy now.


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We’re Hiring

Posted by: Russell on June 1, 2015 @ 4:31 pm
Filed under: Greenleaf (News)

Greenleaf Music and Dave Douglas Music are looking for a new Administrative Coordinator. Read further for description:

Looking for a sharp, organized, energetic individual to assist the Director and Operations staff of our busy music production company with the administrative details related to touring and release coordination. Lots of opportunity to make an impact for a motivated, independent self-starter. This is an independent contractor position with a projection of about 20 to 30 hours per week, depending on release and tour schedules.  Preferably located in the New York City area but will consider remote location for the right person.

Contact hiring@greenleafmusic.com for more information or to send resume.


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 30: The Care and Feeding of a Music Company. Greenleaf Music Celebrates Ten Years!

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Join us May 27, 2015 at Subculture in Manhattan for a special celebration. Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, and Ryan Keberle groups perform Live! Get your tickets here!

In our special 10 anniversary edition of ANFTD, Dave Douglas talks with Michael Bates about the history and the music of Greenleaf Music.

Ryan Keberle – Into the Zone (Greenleaf Music)
Donny McCaslin -”Recommended Tools”,  Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Rudy Royston -“Bownze”, 303 (Greenleaf Music)
Linda Oh -”Ultimate Persona”, Initial Here (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas -”North Point Memorial”,  Mountain Passages (Greenleaf Music)
Kneebody -”Break Me”, Kneebody (Greenleaf Music)
Nicole Mitchell – “Welcoming”, Paperback Series (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Keystone – “Fatty and Mabel Adrift”, Keystone (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Big Band – “The Presidents”, A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Quintet- “Culture Wars”, Meaning and Mystery (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Quintet- “Earmarks”, Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“Mister Pitiful”, Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“This Love Affair”, Live at Newport (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Sextet -”Passing the Torch Song”, Pathways (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“Lush Life”, Rare Metals (Greenleaf Music)
Michael Bates -“Great Exhibition”, Clockwise (Greenleaf Music)
Matt Ulery -“Dark Harvest Song”, By a Little Light (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas -“Everyman”, Magic Triangle (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Keystone -“A Noise From the Deep”, Keystone (Greenleaf Music)

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High Risk Available for Preorder on iTunes Today!

Posted by: Russell on May 19, 2015 @ 2:29 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

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We are thrilled to announce the iTunes preorder of HIGH RISKthe latest creation from trumpeter/composer/Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas. Preorder on iTunes now

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players: Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective), on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.

Recorded by five-time GRAMMY® nominated Geoff Countryman (Dr. Luke, Patti LaBelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Randy Brecker, Gregory Porter, Fred Hersch) and mixed by Steve Wall (Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, Meshell Ndegeocello) the album finds Douglas again walking a musical high wire. High stakes, high reward. HIGH RISK.


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Donny McCaslin featured in Downbeat + Greenleaf Music 10th Anniversary at SubCulture!

Posted by: Russell on May 11, 2015 @ 8:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

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Congratulations to Greenleaf Music artist (and saxophone giant) Donny McCaslin has a great feature out in Downbeat this month! It’s on news stands now (both virtual and actual)! Donny talks about his new record Fast Future and gives insight to his growth as a musician from childhood to present. Don’t miss your chance to see Donny perform music from Fast Future at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on July 18th and the Stanford Jazz Festival on July 20th.

 

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We’re celebrating our 10-year anniversary! Greenleaf Music is putting on a show at SubCulture on May 27th hosted by our leader and founder Dave Douglas and featuring bands lead by Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, and Ryan Keberle. Each band will play one hour-long set starting at 7:30. $30 general and $20 for students. Buy your tickets now!

 

7:30 pm: Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures
8:30 pm: Donny McCaslin
9:30 pm: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures
Ben Wendel – Tenor Sax
Ben Monder – Guitar
Linda Oh – Bass
Justin Brown – Drums

Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin – Tenor Sax
Henry Hey – Keyboards
Matt Clohesy – Bass
Nate Wood – Drums

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Ryan Keberle – Trombone
Mike Rodriguez – Trumpet
Camila Meza – Voice
Jorge Roeder – Bass
Jimmy Macbride – Drums

 

 


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