Dave Douglas and Uri Caine Take “Present Joys” on the Road

Posted by: Emily on April 23, 2014 @ 2:36 pm
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In honor of “Present Joys,” the forthcoming album by longtime collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, Greenleaf Music is proud to present an international tour this spring and summer.

“Present Joys,” to be released July 22, brings Douglas and Caine together for an intimate but exploratory outing inspired by “The Sacred Harp” tradition. The pair take on five pieces from shape-note tunebooks, as well as several new Douglas compositions undertaken in the same vein. These ten pieces engage Douglas’ trumpet and Caine’s piano in a captivating conversation full of memorable melodies and intricate digressions.

“The Sacred Harptunes are very heartfelt pieces, and I had no intention to play them with any irony,” says Douglas. “I think the music is really beautiful and hopefully the way that we play them allows the tunes to ring through in a way that jazz listeners and “Sacred Harp” fans will appreciate and value.”

Catch the duo live in these cities!

April 26 - Torino Jazz Festival, Torino, IT
April 27 - Volkshaus Basel, Basel, CH
April 29 - Teatro Lope de Vega, Sevilla, ES
April 30 - Nochtspeicher, Hamburg, DE
May 1 - Katowice JazzArt Festival, Katowice, PL
May 2 - Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, UK
May 4 - Bray Jazz Festival, Bray, IE
May 6 - Pol Sud, Strasbourg, FR
May 7 - Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse, Esslingen, DE
May 8 - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, IT
May 9 - Europa Jazz Festival, Le Mans, FR
May 11 - Casino Estoril Auditorium, Estoril, PT

US Tour

July 25 - Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
July 26 - An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD


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Co-Leader Chet Doxas on Riverside

Posted by: admin on April 21, 2014 @ 3:32 pm
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Wow! What a way to spend a week. We had a great time out on the road celebrating the release week of Riverside, performing in New York, Boston, Quebec City and Toronto. Getting to see and hear how the music changes from night to night and venue to venue is always the most exciting part for me. Since much of the music features free improvised sections (especially Dave’s tunes), the vibe can be so different night to night. We also noticed how much a venue can play into this, and specifically, the sound on stage.

As for playing with these incredible musicians, the energy was something that never lacked. I’m pretty sure that Dave is part superhero. During the many talks I had with Steve, we talked about how sometimes you forget how hard an instrument like the trumpet can be because Dave plays it so well and with unparalleled energy, focus and communication. You really get the feeling that there’s no barrier between what he can think up and then execute. Steve and Jimmy provided a wonderful combination of support and adventurism to every tune we played. Steve is such a master of playing in the setting of “one foot in, one foot out” that when you play you feel like you can just hop for the ride and take the wheel for a while. Jimmy also loved to play this way and a lot the music sets up well for this type of playing. He played his butt off every night!

Another talk I had with Steve was about that awesome feeling after the gig when you’re so elated but can’t remember a single thing that you played. We agreed that it probably means that you never tried to force anything or make that conscious decision to tell yourself “now I’m going to play this cool thing that I practiced all week.”

On April 14 and 15th we had the pleasure of welcoming Andy Clausen to the Jazz Standard on the trombone as a special guest. Andy is an outstanding young trombonist who also works at Greenleaf Music. I am looking forward to the next time I get to play with Andy. He will be playing the role of the bass but covered on trombone July 16 with Riverside in the Dolomites in Italy.

All in all, it was a heck of a way to spend a week–filled with great times on and off the band stand, pleasantly smooth travel days and good meals. I can’t wait to get back out for the summer festival season.

See you out there,
Chet


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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
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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
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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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