Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” on Tour in Europe!

Posted by: Russell on April 18, 2015 @ 10:59 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)

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Don’t miss High Risk in Europe! 10 shows in 11 days.

April 20 – Wroclaw, Poland Jazz Nad Odrą Festival / Impart

April 21 – Paris, France New Morning

April 23 – Prague, Czech Republic Jazz Dock

April 24 – Krakow, Poland Radio Krakow

April 25 – Gexto, Spain Escuela de Música Andrés Isasi de Las Arenas

April 26 - Santiago De Compostela, Spain Teatro Principal de Santiago de Compostela

April 27 – Madrid, Spain Teatro Lara

April 28 – Middelburg, The Netherlands Schuttershofcafe

April 29 – Köln, Germany Stadtgarten

April 30 – Montpellier, France Koa Jazz / Maison pour tous Voltaire

 


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Dave Douglas Updates: “High Risk,” “Sound Prints,” and “Serial Sessions”

Posted by: Russell on April 8, 2015 @ 11:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

2GRE_CD_1042_D3011MGreenleaf co-founder Dave Douglas is rarely never idle. This week might seem jam packed with announcements, but it’s just another week here at Greenleaf Music. We’re proud to announce a new album of Dave’s called High Risk that will be released on June 23rd on Greenleaf. It features the personalities of producer/beat maker SHIGETO, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electric bassist Jonathan Maron exploring electronic improvisations based on compositions from Dave’s pen. Listen to Molten Sunshine and Cardinals below. The mix of interaction, improvisation and post production on High Risk is refreshingly easy to listen to, and delightfully escapes category. Is it electronic music? Jazz music? Trumpet Music? We can’t say, but we can assure you it’s good music.


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At the same time, another project Dave has been working on with long time collaborator Joe Lovano called Sound Prints released their very first album as a group on Tuesday named “Live at Monterey Jazz Fest.” This record, available on Blue Note Records, features veteran drummer Joey Baron, bassist (and Greenleaf Artist) Linda Oh and pianist Lawrence Fields. The record is for sale at both iTunes and Amazon, and also available to stream on a variety of services here.

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We also can’t forget the Serial Sessions, the 12-track album Dave recorded and produced this year exclusively for Greenleaf Music Subscribers. Each month we release a fresh track from the session to our subscribers (available as an MP3 or hi-res wave download, and on our streaming Cloud Player) and March’s track is called Hypatia. Trombonist Ryan Keberle (who released the knockout record Into the Zone last year) plays beautifully on this track and also weighs in here:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version here. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.


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Sound Prints: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival out now!

Posted by: Russell on April 7, 2015 @ 12:17 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)

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For almost twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

However, the two had yet to find the “proper balance of personnel,” as Douglas puts it, to form a group of their own until they assembled pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and veteran downtown drummer Joey Baron in 2011. Now, a few years and over 50 gigs later, their band Sound Prints will release their debut Live At Monterey Jazz Festival on Blue Note Records.

Read more at bluenote.com

Buy now at iTunes and Amazon and stream here

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The Serial Sessions: Hypatia

Posted by: Russell on April 3, 2015 @ 8:43 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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Spring is having a hard time getting out of bed, but the Subscriber Series can help! The Serial Sessions track for March is Hypatia, and trombonist Ryan Keberle weighs in on the track:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

However, with all that being said (and I could go on!) what always first comes to mind when I think about Wayne Shorter is the following story from my days as an undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music studying with the legendary trombonist, Steve Turre.  I was in the final stages of preparing for my graduation recital for which I had programmed the Wayne Shorter tune, “Nefertiti.” The chord progression on “Nefertiti” as it’s played by the Miles Davis Quintet is ambiguous, at best, and in those early days of the internet when Google wasn’t the all-knowing resource it is today, Steve and I decided to turn to the primary source in our quest for the original chord progression. Steve called Wayne one afternoon and Wayne picked up on the first try. After a bit of small talk Steve explained our dilemma and asked Wayne if he wouldn’t mind reciting the chords to us on his tune, “Nefertiti.” With no hesitation Wayne said, “Man, we weren’t playing chords on that tune, we were playing COLORS!”

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

 

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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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