On September 12th Dave Douglas sat down with John Zorn for a conversation at the WNYU studios. As they only scratched the surface, we’ve split the interview into two parts. Part 1 covers Game Pieces, Band Leading, Composing, and hints at leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton. Various musical selections are interspersed. Stay tuned for Part 2 with talk about Patton, improvisation, John’s practice techniques, his approach to writing for recent pieces that combine through-composed parts with improvisers.
Tracks in this episode:
“Tahah” by John Zorn from “Live in Middelheim”
“Vehuel” by John Zorn from “The Unknown Masada”
“Le Momo” by John Zorn from “Love, Madness & Mysticism”
John Zorn records exclusively for Tzadik.
Dave Douglas sat down with Ashley Kahn / Jazz Times for a Q&A, and blindfold test. Read the full article at JazzTimes.
In the cool, blustery summer weather that is typical of Finland’s Satakunta province, Dave Douglas’ quintet—Douglas on trumpet, tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston, with vocalist Heather Masse—played a well-received set at the 2013 Pori Jazz festival in July. The music alternated between a loose-limbed intensity and measured melancholy—the latter in particular on the church melodies taken from Douglas’ 2012 album Be Still (Greenleaf). One of those happy, unplanned musical connections took place when the group performed the title track, sparking a rousing response from the outdoor crowd.
“I got so many questions from people here in Finland about why I played it,” Douglas, 50, explained after the set. “When my mother was very ill she gave me a list of hymns that she wanted me to play at her memorial service, and one of them was ‘Be Still, My Soul.’ It was one of her favorites, played in Protestant churches with English lyrics and a melody composed by [Finnish composer] Jean Sibelius. I don’t think she knew the melody is also called ‘Finlandia,’ but we began to play it and I quickly learned that it’s the national anthem here, more or less. It was a real honor to play it in Finland.”
This Before & After took place in Pori’s Satakunnan Museo immediately after Douglas’ performance and was attended by a variety of local music fans.
Miguel Zenon and Dave Douglas talk about Miguel’s music including his latest self-released album “Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico,” as well as his recent travels. Also, Dave talks about the DD|50 project and box set, and co-host Michael Bates revisits more Jackie Mclean.
Double Edge-Miguel Zenon & The Rhythm Collective, “Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico” (Self released)
Olas Y Arenas-Miguel Zenon, “Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook” (Marsalis)
La Maga-Miguel Zenon / Laurent Coq: Rayuela (Sunnyside Records)
Jos Nigeria-Miguel Zenon & The Rhythm Collective, “Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico” (Self released)
Khalil the Prophet-Jackie McLean, Destination Out (Blue Note)
Strange as It Seems-Jackie Mclean, New and Old Gospel (Blue Note)
Super proud of everybody on the Greenleaf team for the outcome of this new box set. It’s got Be Still, Time Travel and two unreleased items: Pathways, a new sextet recording with Uri Caine, Greg Tardy, Josh Roseman, Linda Oh, Clarence Penn, and special guest Aoife O’Donovan. And a DVD of session and art videos created by Christoph Green. There’s also a download card of additional out takes and unreleased tracks.
Not only is the box itself beautiful (thanks again, guys, OK yes, it’s my birthday, I get it), but they’ve also devised a system so that — if you already purchased Be Still and Time Travel — you don’t have to buy them again. You can simply “complete your box.” Nice right?
If you are curious, this is a cool moment to check out what’s going on at Greenleaf and get some great music. Thanks.
Hear “Handwritten Letter,” a previously unreleased track included in the box set “…a devastatingly catchy song, which has found itself stuck in my head since I received the box. It, moreover, serves as a firm reminder of how brilliant and infectious a melodist Douglas is” (Search & Restore)
Another bonus track, this one with video of the performance, premiered at Burning Ambulance on Monday.