Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” Available Now + Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK Live in Detroit

Posted by: Russell on March 31, 2015 @ 10:16 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin, Donny McCaslin (News)

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We’re excited to release our next creation to the wild! Donny McCaslin’s ‘Fast Future’ is officially released today. Check out a great review from All About Jazz and an interview with some insight into Donny’s process at WBUR in Boston. Get your copy from the Greenleaf Music Online Store now!

Take a peek at the EPK and the live cut from the 55 Bar to get another taste of this great record.

Donny will be touring throughout the US and Canada, don’t miss the chance to see him live!

4/1/2015 | 8:00 pm | Humber College | Toronto | Buy Tickets

4/3/15 | 8:00 pm | Kent State University | Kent, OH | Buy Tickets

4/7 & 4/8 | 7:30 & 10:00 pm | Jazz Standard | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

4/23/15 | 7:30 pm | Reno Jazz Festival | Reno, NV | Buy Tickets


 

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Label Director Dave Douglas debuts his new project HIGH RISK featuring SHIGETO at Trinosophes in Detroit on Wednesday, April 1. Detroiters and Ann Arborers come on through. Check out a track below, album release on June 23rd, 2015!

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 29: Donny McCaslin

Posted by: Russell on March 24, 2015 @ 9:16 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Podcast

DM_ff_front_square smallIt’s always a big event when virtuoso saxophonist Donny McCaslin releases a new recording. His new, David Binney produced CD, Fast Future, is out on Greenleaf Music (release on 3/31! Pre-order here) and Donny joins co-hosts Dave Douglas and Michael Bates to talk details. They cover the thought process that went into making Fast Future, electronic music, composing. A couple of other guys named Donny make an appearance as does Clark Terry. Nobody talks about Whiplash and Dave encourages Michael to drink more Kenny G frappuccinos. Ever heard of the Incredible Jazz Geezers? You will if you listen to A Noise From the Deep.

“No Eyes” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Fast Future” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Midnight Light” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“54 Cymru Beats” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Blur” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, Donny Hathaway, (Atco Records)
“Last Night When We Were Young”, Paul Motian, On Broadway (JMT Records)
“Mumbles” Oscar Peterson, “Trio + 1 Clark Terry” (Verve Music)
“Love and Living” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*

*Featuring Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, Mark Giuliana, produced by David Binney

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Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” available for Pre-Order at the Greenleaf Music Online Store!

Posted by: Russell on March 18, 2015 @ 3:34 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin

Greenleaf Music is excited to announce the pre-order of Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” at the Greenleaf Music Online Store! Check out the video above for a live version of the title track filmed at the 55 Bar in New York City. The full album will be released on March 31st. Don’t forget to check out Donny’s tour schedule to see where he’ll be playing this music next. We’re especially pumped for the Jazz Standard release party on April 7th and 8th in New York. We hope to see you there!


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Making Music

Posted by: Russell on March 9, 2015 @ 11:26 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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I always feel like the best way to work on music is to, well, work on music. Scott Hall at Columbia College in Chicago facilitated a program where I have a group of students composing, rehearsing and creating their own music. As part of that program, we will all be performing together at Jazz Showcase from March 12 to March 15. There’s a matinee on Sunday, March 15. I haven’t done a matinee in a long time.

There are at least 9 new original student works. We will also play a handful of my pieces arranged for the group. And the program is still in process, so new pieces may come in, or new arrangements may get made, in the course of the week.

Nothing like putting everything at risk! It heightens the sensitivities and channelizes the energies. I am confident we will play right through all of it. It’s going to be a great adventure.


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Pre-Order Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” on iTunes Today + Tour Dates

Posted by: Russell on March 4, 2015 @ 5:20 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

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We’re happy to announce the iTunes pre-order for tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s new release Fast Future. Fast Future reprises the stunning electro-acoustic quartet from McCaslin’s critically-acclaimed album Casting for Gravity that garnered McCaslin a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Instrumental Jazz Solo” on the track “Stadium Jazz.” However as the title implies, Fast Future finds McCaslin and company – keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana, along with longtime producer David Binney – hurtling further into the relatively unexplored crossroads between jazz and electronica with virtuosic musicianship. Long influenced by fusion pioneers like Weather Report and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, McCaslin integrates those hybrid instincts with innovative modern artists like Aphex Twin and Skrillex.

“I really love the sonic textures and ambient vibe that you hear in a lot of that music,” says McCaslin of the influence that electronica and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has had on his music. “Having these guys improvising and interacting within that sonic landscape feels great.” Pre-Order your copy now!

Donny will be touring throughout the US and Canada, don’t miss the chance to see him live!

3/5/2015 | 10:00 pm | The 55 Bar | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

3/7/2015 | 8:00 pm | Zipper Concert Hall | Los Angeles, CA | Buy Tickets

3/13 & 3/14/2015 | 8:00 pm |Cuesta College PAC | San Luis Obispo, CA | Buy Tickets

3/19/15 | 7:00 pm | L’Astral | Montréal | Buy Tickets

3/25 – 3/28/2015 | 8:00 pm | Mondavi Center | Davis, CA | Buy Tickets

4/1/2015 | 8:00 pm | Humber College | Toronto | Buy Tickets

4/7 & 4/8 | 7:30 & 10:00 pm | Jazz Standard | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

5/18/2015 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Yoshi’s | Oakland, CA | Buy Tickets


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If you are a Grenleaf Music Subscriber I have great news for you! As of today you can stream Donny McCaslin’s Fast Future in its entirety on the Greenleaf Cloud Player! Just sign in and head to the Cloud Player. You can expect discount codes for Fast Future to arrive in your inbox shortly.

If you aren’t a subscriber feel free to peruse our site to see what you’re missing (you’re missing a lot). From the Subscriber Series, to the Serial Sessions, to the Cloud Player, to the discounts on all purchases, I’m sure you’ll find a reason to subscribe soon.

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Lee Konitz & Dave Douglas Quintet at The Jazz Standard March 19th – 22nd

Posted by: Russell on February 20, 2015 @ 12:16 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Events

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You might want to make plans to be in New York from March 19 through March 22 when Dave Douglas will team up with legendary alto player and composer Lee Konitz for four nights of shows at Jazz Standard.

Dave said it best, “I am so honored and thrilled to be playing with Lee, there is so much to learn from this absolute master. Rehearsals have been a trip! We are doing a few brand new pieces for me, by both Lee, and by Lennie Tristano, as well as working on standards I haven’t performed in probably thirty years. The rhythm section will be Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Ches Smith. Make plans now! Looking forward to seeing you there.”

Visit the Jazz Standard website for ticketing and show information.


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The Serial Sessions: Episode for Taslima Nasrin

Posted by: Russell on February 18, 2015 @ 2:53 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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The Subscriber Series continues to give! We’ve uploaded The Serial Sessions track for February and we can’t wait to get it to you. The track is called ‘Episode for Taslima Nasrin’ and features Dave Douglas on trumpet. If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

Episode for Taslima Nasrin was originally recorded on Witness, the politically charged large-ish ensemble recording by Dave Douglas. Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi poet and doctor who fled her country in the wake of attacks, both physical and verbal, waged against her after publishing the novel Lajja in 1993. Her opposition to Sharia Law made her a target for fundamentalists who called for a ban of her novel and even offered a bounty on her death. She finally escaped to Sweden in 1994 to become a full time writer and activist. She is active on Twitter at @TaslimaNasreen.

This new performance of ‘Episode For Taslima Nasrin’ brings out the collective strength of the Serial Sessions Players. The poignant harmonies are re-voiced for this more intimate group of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, bass, drums. The smaller instrumentation of this version coaxes nuggets of improvisational moments out of each musician. We know you’ll love it. Download now.

 

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Subscriber Series: The Serial Sessions

Posted by: Russell on February 3, 2015 @ 3:33 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Greenleaf (News), Kneebody, Linda Oh, Riverside, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle

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Hello Greenleafers,

We are very excited about the upcoming year. New releases from Donny McCaslin and Dave Douglas are in sight as we begin to celebrate our 10th year of operation! One of the things that has set Greenleaf Music apart since 2005 is our Subscriber Series. The Subscriber Series has offered a great way to interact with our artists, keeping you up to date on their latest and most compelling work. It’s also a way to gain access to rare and unreleased material through digital downloads and gives an unprecedented glimpse into each artist’s process.

In 2015 we wanted to do something really special on our 10th anniversary: we recorded an album exclusively for our Subscribers. The band is made of Greenleaf Music Alumni (Dave Douglas on trumpet, Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Ryan Keberle on trombone, Frank Woeste on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums) and is 12 tracks long. Kneebody will be contributing an exclusive live track to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their release on Greenleaf, Break Me. This music will only be available on our website (greenleafmusic.com) and will be released one track a month for 12 months. As a subscriber you will have access to super high quality (24/88.2 for the nerds. That’s better than a CD!) downloads of each track as well as behind the scenes pictures and interviews from the recording session. As always, every Subscriber has access to the proprietary Greenleaf Cloud Player that houses every minute of every record (and more) that has ever been released on Greenleaf Music. There is no better time than now to become a Subscriber. In addition, Subscribers get 20% off every item at the Greenleaf Music Online Store and get the first look at new releases and even some leaked tracks!

Want more music? We feel the same way. We look forward to your subscription.


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The Serial Sessions: Summit Music

Posted by: Russell on @ 3:29 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Subscriber Downloads

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A note from Dave:

Some of you will remember it as the opening track on Greenleaf’s first release, Mountain Passages. This is a considerable re-orchestration of the piece, featuring group improvisation with an ensemble of dear Greenleaf family members: Rudy Royston on drums, Linda Oh on bass, Frank Woeste on piano, Ryan Keberle on trombone, and Chet Doxas on clarinet.

Each piece in the Serial Sessions will feature a different musician. I wrote 7 new pieces for this series, and picked some repertory of mine that I felt would resonate with the concept. For example, in November, you will receive a new recording of the song November, which was originally released on my album Freak In.

In September, to mark a new season of the Festival Of New Trumpet Music, we will release an unrecorded composition of mine that is dedicated to the late Kenny Wheeler. It is called From Thin Air. Stick around for this and plenty more new tracks that will be collected in this series.

Sign up now to get your track every month. The recording session was literally last week. I am so thrilled to get this new music to you in this format. It’s a joy to work in new and unexpected formats, and to have Greenleaf Music as a support structure to get it to you. I hope you will enjoy it all: the series, the band, the compositions. And I hope you will spread the word so that more people will hear it. I am relying on all of your for your interest and support to construct and support this revolutionary music company.

2015 will bring a new Donny McCaslin album, a new electric project from me called High Risk, a new recording by my Quintet, and a very special large ensemble recording I created last year in collaboration with Monash Art Ensemble, in Mellbourne, Auastralia. Other projects are also in development.

By taking part as a subscriber, you will be sure not to miss any of the 2015 Serial Sessions. Thanks for listening.
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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 28: Michael Bates

Posted by: Russell on January 30, 2015 @ 12:47 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Michael Bates, Podcast

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ANFTD’s first episode of 2015!  Dave interviews Michael Bates about his new trio recording, Northern Spy.  They cover topics including playing very slow, the influence of the blues and Michael’s work with Quinsin Nachoff.  Dave reflects on 2014 and talks about George Clinton’s autobiography.

Music featured on this episode:

Northern Spy-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Bean-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Days of Wine and Roses-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Great Exhibition-Michael Bates’ Outside Sources “Clockwise” (Greenleaf Music)
Essex House-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Ride On-Parliment “Chocolate City” (Casablanca)
Sugah Daddy-D’Angelo “Black Messiah” (RCA Records)
This Is My Father’s World-Dave Douglas “Be Still” (Greenleaf Music)

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