Riverside Released

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am
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Happy to finally be able to share this recording! Riverside is the culmination of a long relationship with Chet Doxas, who I first met at The Banff Centre years ago. After a long study of the music of Jimmy Giuffre, Chet approached me about doing this project four or five years ago. At that time, I had already written about a dozen tunes thinking of the way the Jimmy Giuffre 3 played. Chet and I both approached the legacy of Giuffre’s music differently, and when we brought this music together, with Chet’s brother Jim on drums, and the legendary bassist Steve Swallow (who had a long musical relationship with Giuffre) on electric, there seemed to be a deep rapport that only intensified over the course of some gigs a couple years back. The record was made live in the studio with great engineer Steve Bellamy in the newly refurbished studios at Humber College in Toronto.

Now Greenleaf Music is proud to host the official release of this recording and put forth live shows this week in NYC, Cambridge, Quebec, and Toronto. There will be more performances this summer.

My compositions for this group are really about interplay with simple elements of melody, harmony and form. It is a pleasure to share the stage with these three giant musicians, and Riverside is a recording I am very proud of.

 


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Riverside Co-Leader Chet Doxas on Jimmy Giuffre

Posted by: Emily on April 14, 2014 @ 7:06 pm
Filed under: Riverside

In honor of the new Riverside album, co-leader Chet Doxas reflects on his favorite Jimmy Giuffre arrangements and compositions. Dave Douglas and Doxas formed the new collaborative project honoring the musical legacy of composer, bandleader, saxophonist and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. Riverside is out tomorrow!

“The Boy Next Door”
I always enjoy hearing Mr. Giuffre’s command and respect for the great songs that came before him. As an obvious lover of original melodies, I like to think that he especially enjoyed playing this one. Also, I believe that he chose carefully when deciding what standards he and his group were going to perform. This performance is from 1960 at Paris’ Olympia Theatre.

“Ictus”
This is one of several compositions by Carla Bley that Giuffre’s trio recorded in 1961. I love how timeless this piece and its performance is. I feel like this style of improvising is still so relevant today. Thanks to the brilliance of Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, the freshness hasn’t worn off.  Yet another great tune from Carla Bley, go figure!

“Mack the Knife”
Along with Jim Hall and Ray Brown, Jimmy Giuffre makes this special arrangement of Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife,” a real treat. The feel is so good that I never want the tune to end, and all of the written unison passages make me think of another one of Giuffre’s associates, the trombonist and arranger, Bob Brookmeyer.

“Western Suite 2 mvt, Apaches”
Similar to the first song on this playlist, I included this piece to highlight another one of Jimmy Giuffre’s compositional languages. His love of American folk melodies and his unique writing and arranging for his early trio of Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer. This style is a contribution to instrumental music that I think should be cherished.

“Jesus Maria”
Another composition by Carla Bley, this beautiful melody is still like nothing I’ve ever heard before. It’s such an original melody and the improvised solo section is something to take note of–amazing listening and contributions to enhancing the mood of the piece.

“The Train and the River”
Probably the most popular of Jimmy Giuffre’s western swing tunes, “The Train and the River” is a blast to play. We recorded it on Riverside. In fact, I think it was at the top of the list of Jimmy Giuffre tunes we wanted to take a stab at. Great playing from Mr. Giuffre on this track.

“The Song is You”
Another track from Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre, this one highlights Giuffre’s arranging talents. The band is quite a collection of all-stars including Bill Evans on piano and Warne Marsh on tenor saxophone. Giuffre is playing baritone saxophone on this cut. Again, listen for the unison writing, specifically the trombone and baritone saxophone. It makes me think of Bob Brookmeyer’s arranging and how much he favoured that sound.


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 19: Geoff Countryman

Posted by: Emily on April 12, 2014 @ 9:00 am
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A man of many extraordinary talents, Geoff Countryman joins Dave and Michael to play his music and talk about touring with Dave’s Keystone band, working at SNL, composing for his own groups and sundry projects, and the current state of the notation software, Sibelius. Plus a little Dave on Bach action.

Tracks in this episode:

Friends in High Places #1 (Treehouses)-Geoff Countryman (MelodyPelt Records)
Travelogue-Dave Douglas and Keystone “Spark of Being” (Greenleaf Music)
Alone with Laptop #1 (Sine Click)-Geoff Countryman (MelodyPelt Records)
The Cornet is Fickle Friend-Dave Douglas “Live at the Jazz Standard” (Greenleaf Music)
Alone with Laptop #2 (B Minor)-Geoff Countryman (MelodyPelt Records)
Friends in High Places #2 (Things You Say)-Geoff Countryman (MelodyPelt Records)
Bach Cantata #131 “Aus Der Tiefen Rufe Ich”-Ton Koopman: Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra

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Riverside on Tour

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 7, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
Filed under: Riverside

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Rare dates with Steve Swallow and the Doxas brothers in support of our new release, Riverside! Come say hello in New York, Boston, Quebec City, and Toronto.

Really fun band, really fun record in homage to Jimmy Giuffre.

Riverside: Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas
TUE 15 APR Jazz Standard / New York, US Buy tickets
WED 16 APR Jazz Standard / New York, US Buy tickets
THU 17 APR Regatta Bar / Boston, US Buy tickets
FRI 18 APR Théâtre Petit Champlain / Quebec City, CA Buy tickets
SAT 19 APR The Rex / Toronto, CA Buy tickets

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Rudy Royston featured in JazzTimes

Posted by: Emily on March 31, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
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The thing that I have the hardest time doing is playing drums,” says Rudy Royston, explaining his approach to improvisation. “It’s so hard for me because I’m not hearing the drums when I’m playing; I’m hearing melodies or textures. I’m hearing everything but a drum groove.”

That’s not to suggest the 43-year-old can’t bump a mean groove. His splendid debut disc, 303 (Greenleaf), exhibits his gift for shuffling pulses derived from modern bop, funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop. But he references all of those idioms without sacrificing the cogency of his improvisations or obscuring a song’s melodic pull. He also demonstrates an incredible sense of dynamics, something long evident in his sideman work, from his quiet, textural playing alongside guitarist Bill Frisell to the combustive velocity he supplied for saxophonist JD Allen’s trio. “My approach to drums is always based on supporting some kind of event that’s happening in the song,” Royston says. “I’ll play quick little melodies or responses on the drums, or I’ll set up quick little scenes or textures. I always want to bring some life to the music.”

Click here to read the rest of the story over at JazzTimes.

 


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Riverside

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 26, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Riverside

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Thrilled to be involved with this project and to present a new album on Greenleaf! “Riverside” was instigated by Chet Doxas, who invited me to contribute pieces in honor of Jimmy Giuffre. Pre-order for the new album is now open!

Riverside is a quartet featuring me, Chet, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Jim Doxas. Check out samples of the new record here. We will be touring and playing this music in April and in the summer. Hope to see you out there. Meanwhile, pick up the new recording and hear us doing the thing. You’ll be glad you did.


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Remembering Roy Campbell Jr.

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 21, 2014 @ 9:12 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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Roy and I were playing in rival street bands in New York when I met him in 1984. He was about 10 years older than me. The way it worked was that someone would come down early to stake out the best spots: City Hall, Times Square, Astor Place, the Plaza. So Roy and I were from opposing teams and yet Roy was the first trumpeter I met and befriended in the city. He was one of the most enduring and loyal of colleagues; our paths crossed many times, in many ways.

Roy was a majestic player. His range and creativity were always a marvel in ways both technical and emotional. But the thing he had that was so special was that inner fire. You’d see him about to go into the music with his horn and he’d get that sparkle in his eye, that little smile. It was a look that told you this guy knew what he was there for and was ready to go get it. Look out!

Click here to read the rest of the story over at JazzTimes.


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Linda Oh Touring East and West Coasts This Month

Posted by: Emily on March 19, 2014 @ 10:45 am
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 Linda Oh Quartet

Tuesday March 25th, 2014
An die Musik Live! • 8:00 PM
409 North Charles Street, Second Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21201 [map]
$20 advance • $23 day at door

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Bethesda Blues & Jazz • 7:30 PM
7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 [map]
$20

Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures

Friday March 28, 2014
Redwood Jazz Alliance  • 8:00 PM
Fulkerson Recital Hall, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521 [map]

Saturday March 29, 2014
Duende • 9:30 PM
468 19th Street Oakland, CA 94612 [map]
$15 advance

Sunday March 30, 2014
Earshot Jazz Festival • 7:30 PM
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 [map]
$18 Adult, $16 Seniors and Earshot Jazz members, $9 Students


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 18: Mark Dresser

Posted by: Emily on March 13, 2014 @ 7:43 am
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Mark Dresser, a singular double bassist and composer, joins the ANFTD team to talk about his many projects: Telematics, his solo CD/DVD GUTS, playing with Anthony Braxton and Gerry Hemingway, and many other topics. Michael plays Dave a bunch of blues 45s from a vinyl box set.

Tracks in this episode:

Not Withstanding-Mark Dresser Quintet “Nourishments” (Clean Feed Records)
Telemotions-Mark Dresser, Myra Melford and Michael Dessen (live recording)
Ekoneni-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
K-tude #2-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
Bacahaonne-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
Air to Mir-Mark Dresser “Marinade” (Tdzadik)
Touch Part 1-Morton Subotnick “Touch/Jacob’s Room”  (Wergo)
#158 (+96) +401-Anthony Braxton Quartet “Willisau” (Hat Art)
Devil’s Paradise-Gerry Hemingway Quartet “Devil’s Paradise (Clean Feed)
What God Can Do-Leon Pinson “The George Mitchell Collection” (Fat Possum Records)
Who’s Gonna Be Your Man-John Lee Ziegler “The George Mitchell Collection” (Fat Possum Records)


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Boulder Blog

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 5, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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John Gunther is creating a fantastic music program out at University of Colorado at Boulder. Trumpeter Brad Goode is there, too. Amazing player! I just had the opportunity to spend a week with all of them and was mesmerized by the creative energy and commitment going on on campus. I am enthusiastic about these great young players. Also got to meet and play with wonderful pianist and composer Art Lande, a real hero of American music.

We talked music: who’s listening to what, how to find new music, both one’s own and that of others. Also, is there any particular importance in playing music that is “new?” What do we mean when we use the word “authentic?” Interesting to think about and reexamine answers to these queries. How does learning the musical past impact the practice of one’s own music? I always feel that every individual answer to this is valid.

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