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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Get your copy of High Risk here.


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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)

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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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