The Serial Sessions: Persistence of Memory

Posted by: russell on August 27, 2015 @ 6:31 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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The seventh track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Persistence of Memory. This track features great solos from Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste who weighs in on the recording experience here:

When asked by Greenleaf to write a short comment on recording Persistence of Memory I was at a small jazz festival in Burgundy, France and although I remember the recording session very well I could not really identify this specific song. Naturally I was eager to listen to it again, 6 months after recording this song in New York .

I remember this particular recording session seemed like a challenge at first: recording 12 songs in one day, with no rehearsal and with musicians I had of course heard of but never played with. Needless to say it worked out great and it was fun playing his music and meeting everybody on this recording! This says a lot about Dave’s approach to composing, it’s very down to the point, you don’t need to rehearse a song for days to make it sound. He also leaves a lot of space for improvisation which makes it sound fresh. I also noted that many times Dave would write a bass line or melody and leave it to the piano to find the right harmony. I definitely liked that idea!

Listening to this track again I was immediately struck by the fact that it takes only about 2 seconds to recognize the music of Dave Douglas, his way to compose music and his sound on the trumpet. It’s that one thing all jazz musicians thrive for, to have a voice that’s unique. Although Persistance of Memory is originally on Dave Douglas In Our Lifetime album from 1993 it could have been written in 2015!

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the songs that’ll be released September through December.

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High Risk at Willisau Jazz Festival

Posted by: russell on August 24, 2015 @ 11:56 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events

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Dave Douglas and High Risk will be performing on August 26th at JAZZ FESTIVAL WILLISAU in Switzerland. More information about the performance is here, and buy your tickets here.

Featuring:

Dave Douglas – trumpet
Shigeto – electronics / beats
Jonathan Maron – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Geoff Countryman – engineer

Check out a bit of High Risk below, buy your copy now at the GLM Store.


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Rudy Royston’s 303 at the Village Vanguard

Posted by: russell on August 4, 2015 @ 12:03 pm
Filed under: Events, Rudy Royston

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We’re super excited that Rudy Royston is playing sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm from Tuesday, August 4th until Sunday August 9th at the Village Vanguard (get your tickets and info). This is his second time leading a band in as many years and we’re dying to see what he has in store. Check out some tracks from his record on Greenleaf right here (buy the record here!):

Rudy Royston – drums
Nadje Noordhuis – trumpet
Jaleel Shaw – saxophones
Sam Harris – piano
Nir Felder – guitar
Mimi Jones – bass
Yasushi Nakamura – bass


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 31: I Suoni Delle Dolomiti, Mario Brunello, Cello4Ever, & Edmar Castaneda

Posted by: russell on July 30, 2015 @ 6:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
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Marco Radaelli and Cello4Ever at Col Margherita, July 18, 2015. Photo by Dave Douglas. @isuonidolomiti

Special Edition of the podcast features Dave’s journey to Trentino to play a sunrise concert with cello soloist Mario Brunello and the four cellists of Cello4Ever. Thanks to festival I Suoni Delle Dolomiti for producing and hosting these events!

Includes selections from ‘Mountain Passages’ with Dave Douglas, trumpet; Michael Moore, reeds; Peggy Lee, cello; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Dylan Van Der Schyffe, drums.

Also includes a special surprise guest appearance from Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, who by complete coincidence was sitting next to Dave on the plane. Or vice versa. Two of his pieces appear: Jesus de Nazareth, and Carrao Carrao (featuring Andrea Tierra).

Also includes a rehearsal outtake of Dave and Cello4Ever rehearsing Poveri Fiori, the aria from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea.

Send your questions and comments! podcast@greenleafmusic.com Thanks for listening. We will be back with a more regular schedule, including cohost Michael Bates, in September.

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Donny McCaslin – West Coast tour!

Posted by: russell on July 17, 2015 @ 1:41 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

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Donny McCaslin is heading to the west coast! Following the celebrated release of his album Fast Future, Donny will be performing and giving masterclasses in California with his acclaimed band of Jason Lindner, Matt Clohesy, and Mark Guiliana. More information below!

July 18
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 20
Stanford Jazz Festival
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 28
Masterclass
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:00pm (tickets)


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The Serial Sessions: Cooked Chicken Dance

Posted by: russell on July 14, 2015 @ 12:18 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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Cooked Chicken Dance is the 6th Subscriber track from the Serial Sessions of 2015! Dave has some thoughts about the track below:

Cooked Chicken Dance was originally written for a special trio concert in Trentino with cellist Hank Roberts and banjo player Noam Pikelny, of the Punch Brothers. Ryan Keberle plays a beautiful solo here, and makes the most of all the rhythmic changes that switch between 3 and 4 beats per bar. It’s a thrill to hear Frank, Linda, and Rudy bring so much brilliance and light to this version. I can’t remember why the song has this title. But I think I was writing it in the summer and was putting the finishing touches on it right before dinner.

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HIGH RISK Review: Detroit Music Magazine

Posted by: russell on July 13, 2015 @ 7:27 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press

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Originally posted at Detroit Music Magazine by Khalid

You can’t really talk about trumpeter Dave Douglas’ latest release – the self-titled debut of High Risk – for very long before a couple key points inevitably get raised. Foremost among these talking points is that the quartet from which the album takes its name is really the brainchild of both Dave Douglas and one Zach Saginaw, better known as Shigeto, an Ann Arbor-born experimental electronic music producer and left-field hip-hop drummer. The two met for the first time last year at a Red Bull Music Academy event that paired together musicians for improvisation work, and from there they continued a collaborative relationship.

This isn’t the first time Douglas has worked with an artist outside the traditional realm of jazz – that list includes electronic musicians like Yuka Honda, Ikue Mori, Jamie Saft, and DJ Olive. Still, these artists’ contributions to Douglas’ output almost felt ancillary and not quite integrated into the whole, with their role falling into that of providing sonic color or manipulating existing qualities in the music.

That’s not the case on Douglas’ new collaboration, High Risk, which balances traditional instrumentation with electronic textures. The eponymous quartet – rounded out by drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron – operate as a cohesive unit without losing their individuality. You can partially credit this to Douglas’ extensive experience both as a bandleader and as a member of multiple ensembles. But you can also sense a genuine appreciation on Shigeto’s part for jazz performance’s unique hurdles: from dealing with real-time harmonic changes to juggling improvisational flow in a group context.

Over High Risk’s seven tracks, the quartet make reference to a number of seminal fusion jazz icons’ works – from Miles Davis’ and Weather Report’s first electrified recordings to Herbie Hancock’s embrace of funk and electro, from Jon Hassell’s forays into world music to Tortoise and The Sea & Cake’s post-rock flirtations, all the way through to FlyLo’s jazz-inflected electronic odes to his aunt Alice Coltrane – but there’s no mistaking them for anyone else; this sound is singular.

There is a strong chance that many of the people who will pick up High Risk may do so on the basis of one-quarter of the ensemble behind its making. Though that should come as no surprise, especially given jazz’s decline in popularity, albums like this provide hope, as they introduce new listeners to a still-vital genre. Jazz has always played with dance culture, but this is something else. Instead of a rote exercise in electronic experimentation suitable for academia, this is a real feat of musical collaboration that wasn’t made for the conservatory or the club, but rather uncharted territory.

Many exciting developments are happening in the world of contemporary jazz – from Vijay Iyer’s interpretations of popular music to Kamasi Washington’s three-hour opus The Epic – but High Risk is truest to its name. Rather than piggyback on the latest trend to attract fair-weather fans, the album relies on the strengths of its players and their group chemistry to create something new that wows without having to woo. These days, making work like that is the highest risk of all.

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Praise for High Risk

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

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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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