A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 23 Mark Turner

Posted by: Russell on July 30, 2014 @ 9:53 am
Filed under: Podcast

2014-04-02 13.05.01 HDRSaxophonist, Composer, and ECM recording artist Mark Turner joins Dave Douglas, Michael Bates, and Levi, for a wide ranging discussion interspersed with musical examples of Mark’s solo work as well as pieces with the trio, Fly. Topics include Harold Land, James Clay, Horace Silver, Billy Hart, Paul Motian, and Kurt Rosenwinkle.

The solo saxophone music is from ‘Velvet Underground’ which appears on Mark Turner’s “Solos – The Jazz Session” (Original Spin Music) Mark Turner, saxophone.

Trio pieces include: Diorite, Festival Tune, and Kingston, from the Fly CD “Year of the Snake (ECM). Mark Turner, saxophone; Larry Grenadier, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums.

This episode concludes with ‘Journey To The Stars’ by Tom Harrell on the album Number 5 (High Note Records). Tom Harrell, trumpet, flugelhorn; Wayne Escoffery, saxophone; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.


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Rudy Royston at The Village Vanguard & 303 sale!

Posted by: Russell on July 24, 2014 @ 2:28 pm
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Rudy Royston

Lorraine Gordon hanging out with Rudy Royston at his Village Vanguard debut!

“An alert and powerful drummer, Rudy Royston has emerged as a first-tier talent…” -NY Times

Greenleaf Music celebrates Rudy Royston at legendary The Village Vanguard every night this week through Sunday, July 27 with his 303 Septet. TimeOut New York says “Expect an accessible sound that doesn’t pander—postbop with a tender sophisticated-pop sensibility, perhaps—as Royston leads a septet in pieces from the album.”

We are excited to offer Rudy’s debut album 303 at a 15% discount at the Greenleaf Music Store to celebrate his week long run at The Vanguard. Use the discount code “vvrr15″ at checkout to redeem!


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Present Joys Released!

Posted by: Russell on July 22, 2014 @ 1:03 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

Photo by Alberto Gallo

“I felt smarter after listening to Present Joys. Along with pianist Uri Caine, [Douglas] opens a channel into the middle of his musicianship and just lets it all flow out without anything superfluous or presumptuous.”


Today is release day for Greenleaf Music’s latest, Present Joys (Greenleaf Music CD-1037 and LP-1038), a duo recording by longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri CainePresent Joys 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.

In support of Present Joys, Douglas and Caine recently completed a European tour, which you can read about here, and watch their live performance from Torino below. This weekend, Dave and Uri will be in Philadelphia and Baltimore.  For more information on these performances, click here.

Present Joys is being released on LP as well as CD and download.  We’re excited to have this fine record in our catalog. Purchase your copy here.

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Dave Douglas and Uri Caine in Philadelphia and Baltimore

Posted by: Russell on July 21, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

Present Joys US Tour Banner

Longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine celebrate the release of Present Joys on Greenleaf Music with two exclusive US concerts in Philadelphia and Baltimore. More information and ticket links below!



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Composition Workshop with Dave Douglas

Posted by: Russell on July 18, 2014 @ 1:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


Saturday August 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Michiko Studio – Stage Room
149 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 (map)

Limited to 15 participants
Application deadline: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dave Douglas leads a hands-on workshop about composing for small improvising ensembles. Players, composers, and thinkers about music are all welcome.

In order to get deeply into the topics planned for the workshop, a limited number of participants’ pieces will selected for reading and discussion. These pieces will represent a variety of approaches to composition and improvisation. While not every piece will be selected, Douglas will offer comments via email on all pieces submitted by registered participants. However, everyone is invited to play; we will seek a balanced group of instruments (vocalists welcome) to read the pieces. Douglas will take part in the workshop and use the pieces to discuss different approaches to composition. The group will focus on playing and talking about how to rehearse and/or improve the compositions, as well as alternative approaches that might be considered.

To apply, please send an email to workshop@greenleafmusic.com containing the following items:

  • your name and contact info
  • the instrument you will play (e.g. Tenor saxophone. Electric bass. Horn in F. Voice (alto).)
  • a web link to where your performance and/or compositions can be heard
  • a piece of original composition for consideration. The piece should be on one (preferred) or two pages and can be a fragment of a larger work. It should be a concert score from which each instrumentalist will read. As such, it must be highly legible, and able to be approached in one session.

Once you apply, you will be sent a PayPal invoice as confirmation of your acceptance. Payment will confirm your registration.

This will be a very valuable session for all: players, composers, and thinkers about music.

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Pre-order “Present Joys” at the Greenleaf Music Store Today

Posted by: Emily on July 16, 2014 @ 10:53 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas & Uri Caine


Greenleaf Music is proud to announce that “Present Joys” is now available for pre-order at the Greenleaf Music store and iTunes. Out July 22, “Present Joys” is available on CD, download and a numbered limited-edition 180-gram vinyl (with free album download).

The Sacred Harp, Ye Olde New-England Psalm-Tunes, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion: these ancient “tunebooks” form the basic repertoire for countless musical groups that keep the tradition of “shape-note” singing alive. Longtime friends and collaborators, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, reunite as a duo on this recording, exploring these 18th and 19th century American songs and their influence on jazz and popular music.

Order your copy now!

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 22: Ingrid Laubrock

Posted by: Emily on June 30, 2014 @ 7:57 pm
Filed under: Podcast

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Ingrid’s latest CD on Intakt is “The Zürich Concert” with Ted Reichman (accordion), Ben Davis (cello), Tom Arthurs (trumpet), Liam Noble (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor + soprano saxophones), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums + xylophone). She will also be performing July 25, 2014 at The Jazz Gallery, NYC. See her website for details.

Music played in the podcast:

Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey
And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch Records)

Vogelfrei (Unpublished)
played by the Tri-centric Orchestra

Commissioned by The Tri-centric Orchestra and performed at Roulette

Jason Hwang, Scott Tixier, Sarah Bernstein, Skye Steele, Gwen Laster,
Curtis Stewart, Julianne Carney, Brenda Vincent, violin
Jessica Pavone, Erin Wright, Brian Thompson, viola
Tomas Ulrich, Marika Hughes, Chris Hoffman, cello
Carl Testa, Ken Filiano, bass
Josh Sinton, Mike McGinnis, Oscar Noriega, reeds
Katie Scheele, Libby Van Cleve, oboe/English horn
Sara Schoenbeck, Dana Jessen, bassoon
Michel Gentile, Yukari, flute
Nate Wooley, Stephanie Richards, trumpet
Vincent Chancey, Rachel Drehmann, French horn
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Chris Dingman, David Shively, percussions
Amy Crawford, piano
Kyoko Kitamura, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Yoon Sun Choi, K.
Fung, Tomas Cruz, Nick Hallett, Roland Burks, Michael Douglas Jones,
Peter Stewart, voices
Taylor Ho Bynum, conductor

The Zürich Concert / Ingrid Laubrock Octet (INTAKT)

Ted Reichman (accordion), Ben Davis (cello), Tom Arthurs (tpt), Liam Noble (piano), Mary Halvorson (g), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor + soprano saxophones), Drew Gress (b), Tom Rainey (drums + xylophone)

#2 – #3 (Unpublished)

Ingrid Laubrock (ts,as), Tim Berne (as), Ben Gerstein (tbn), Dan Peck (tuba), Tom Rainey (d)

Prelude To A Kiss

Tom Rainey (d), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor+soprano saxophones), Kris Davis (p), Ralph Alessi (tpt), Drew Gress (b)

Dave Douglas Keystone “Moonshine”
Dog Star
Dave Douglas (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (tenor sax), Adam Benjamin (Rhodes), Brad Jones (baby bass), Gene Lake (drums), DJ Olive (turntables)

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Hard Choices and Non-American Football

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 7:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

The World Cup is such a kick every time it comes around. (Yes, that pun deserves a yellow card, I will be more careful). Wonderfully international and egalitarian as it is, watching the latest matches has me thinking through some tough choices. And noticing some of the madness around it.

Speaking of hard choices, by now you’ve most likely seen the recent meme about the trolley problem:

There’s a runaway train barreling down the tracks. You see five people tied up ahead, unable to move. The train’s headed straight for them. Miraculously, there’s a lever next to you which will switch the train to a different track. Tragically, you notice there’s also one person tied up on the other track. There’s no intermediate switch, the train can only go on one track or another. Do nothing, and the train kills five people. Or do you pull the lever, saving five, but killing one? Tough choice. Most people quickly choose #2 — doing less harm.

Here is “The Trolley Song” to listen to while you read the rest. Since we’re talking about Brazil, thank you, Joao Gilberto.

There’s a variation on this enigma called The Fat Man:

As above, the train is hurtling down a track towards five people. This time you are on a bridge overhead, and you can stop the train by dropping a heavy weight in front of it! Also, there’s a very fat man next to you. Your only way to stop the train is to push the fat man over the bridge and onto the track, killing him to save five. Should you proceed?

Yikes. Most people pause here because you actually have to actively cause harm this time to stop a worse outcome. What would you do? There is no right answer.

Luckily this is all hypothetical. This is not like having to choose between the Village Vanguard and The Stone, where there are two great bands you’d like to hear. Choosing one means missing the other. Or hearing one your all time heroes at an overseas jazz festival versus going back to the hotel to get a good night of sleep before tomorrow’s early wake up call and travel to the next gig. This happens to me at least five times per summer.

If you’ve been watching the World Cup, like it or not you’ve had to make some difficult choices. This has nothing to do with the chauvinism of Ann Coulter (or with Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices.”). Coulter said, ”I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.” My family’s been here a long, long time and we’re all freaking out over the Brazil games. My friend Marc Ribot responded by saying:

Most of the Americans I know whose great grandfathers were born here are Black. Most of my African American friends certainly seem interested in soccer. But somehow I don’t think they were who Coulter had in mind.  I don’t know many whites whose great grandfathers were born here. Of the ones I do know know, some seem to like watching soccer. Are my friends representative? I don’t know. But that begs the questions:  Why exactly would anyone care what a dwindling minority of politically marginal white American non-soccer watchers does or thinks? And who still believes Ann Coulter’s ‘promises’?

No, the choice is whether to simply appreciate the awesome skills and brilliant teamwork of the sport, as opposed to honoring the suffering and displacement caused by the games (by boycotting and protesting them).

Billions of dollars are spent on stadiums that may never get used again. These billions get spent in a country of rampant poverty and inequality–in the favelas people could really use the money. In addition, there are preferential contracts for FIFA that eliminate any leverage for workers and displaced families. Yikes indeed.

And yet, it’s a remarkable year for the sport. The USA has a viable team this time around and has joined the group of 16. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic for Tim Howard and the squad. There have been thrilling matches. South and Central America have been dominant this year. Epic battles have eliminated big traditional giants. It’s like a hundred degrees and 95% humidity and these guys run for ninety minutes straight. Amazing.

So, what to do? (If you’re England, go home, apparently. Sorry, Nick).

It’s one of those moments where you have to hold two competing thoughts in your mind. The matches are good, the message is good. The management is exploitative, the money corrupts, inequality abounds. How much is my decision to patronize the games complicit in the problems? Who knows? Maybe not at all.

I’m a musician, lucky with the kinds of choices I get to make. If you could keep the trolley from hitting anybody, that’d be good, right? You could catch the first set at The Stone and the second set at the Vanguard. Hear Sonny Rollins and then hope to take a nap tomorrow afternoon before the gig.

Tuesday we’ll find out whether our team can vanquish Belgium. I’ll be rooting for USA, but I also love Belgium, and I am grateful our team has come even this far.

And we can all hope some good comes out of this for Brazil and Brazilians.

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Hear a Preview of “Present Joys”

Posted by: Emily on June 27, 2014 @ 11:51 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas & Uri Caine


Hear a preview of “Present Joys,” the new release from Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, on France Musique radio.

“Present Joys” is out July 22 via Greenleaf Music, and available for pre-order via iTunes now.

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Riverside European Tour Dates

Posted by: Dave Douglas on June 26, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas


Here are the tour dates for Riverside in Europe. Super excited to be reunited with the bass man from this video from a few years back: Jim Hall, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses, Berlin 1968: “The Touch of Your Lips.”


Chet Doxas, saxophone and clarinet, Chet’s brother Jim on drums, myself, and Steve Swallow on bass will be playing music from the Greenleaf release “Riverside” at festivals throughout Europe.

We honor Jimmy Giuffre, about whom there have been some recent new releases and an interesting piece by Nate Chinen in the New York Times.

Here’s a clip of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio with Jim Hall and Buddy Clark in 1959. And here’s a clip, “Thrush,” from the Riverside album.

Hope to see you out there!


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