Greenleaf Artists Sound Off: Year End Observations & Music Thoughts

Year end thoughts from Dave Douglas, Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Linda Oh, Kneebody, Matt Ulery

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Henry Brant would be 100! After co-producing his 52 trumpet piece with Festival of New Trumpet Music, I discovered his book called “Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook.” It is extraordinary, a great insight into what made that music so powerful. I will spend another 50 years trying to digest it. It’s still in print, and worth looking up.

Wayne Shorter turned 80. John Zorn turned 60. I turned 50. Joe Lovano and I were honored to have a small role in the Wayne Shorter events, playing with our quintet, Sound Prints, with Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron, at several celebrations. The Zorn at 60 marathons were some of the most inspiring days of music I have ever seen; definitely like playing on an all-star team. And traveling with my own quintet, with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling musical experiences of my life. It is a profound pleasure developing the music with these good people. We still have about 15 states to go and I look forward to working on that! Stay warm and we will hope to see you in Hawaii in the cold season.

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Matt Ulery’s Loom plays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Posted by: jim on October 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am
Filed under: Events, Listening, Video

Matt Ulery stopped by the NPR Music studios with his Loom Quintet while on an East Coast jaunt a few months ago and played two of our favorite tracks from his latest Greenleaf release, Wake An Echo. You can download the source audio from the performance NPR Music page.

We’ve also taken this opportunity to add two new bonus tracks from the Wake An Echo sessions. “Away Again” and “Bluest Blue” are available for download with your purchase of the CD or digital album.

“Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It’s intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.”
— NPR Music


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Kneebody’s Choose Your Own Adventure

Posted by: jim on September 13, 2013 @ 9:20 pm
Filed under: Kneebody (Updates), Releases, Video

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If you follow us, you probably know we’re big fans of the LA supergroup Kneebody — we did release their debut after all. The band has a new album called The Line, and the parts we’ve heard sound unsurprisingly incredible. Definitely comes with our highest recommendation.

What’s more, they recently launched a Choose Your Own Adventure video campaign on Youtube. Effectively, this is an interactive EPK that gets you in tune with sounds from the new album, and in touch with their usual brand of hilarity. The fun starts here:


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Linda Oh celebrates #SunPictures at Jazz Standard on Tuesday

Posted by: jim on August 26, 2013 @ 9:18 am
Filed under: Events, Greenleaf (News), Video

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Tuesday, August 27th sees the release of a new album by bassist Linda Oh on our Greenleaf label. To celebrate, Linda brings a quartet to Jazz Standard NYC for two sets. RSVP to the event at Facebook.

“…another solid step in the evolution of Linda Oh, and suggests that there’s still much more creative music coming from her.”
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Preorder Sun Pictures at Bandcamp (GLM) or iTunes


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Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures” now available for preorder.

Posted by: jim on August 6, 2013 @ 10:29 am
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Listening, Releases, Video

We’re happy to announce the preorder of Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures”—her 3rd album as a leader, and her 2nd for our label. This is a dynamite band featuring Greenleaf alum Ben Wendel of Kneebody, Aussie guitarist James Muller, and drummer Ted Poor. And Linda’s writing for this crew is stronger than ever.

Preorder Sun Pictures at GLM (Bandcamp) & iTunes.

The title of the album comes from the world’s oldest operating outdoor cinema located in Broome, Australia where Linda’s sister lives. That imagery and concept are central to the feel of these tunes—Linda describes each piece as a “snapshot from recent travels and experiences playing music.” And busy she’s been, playing with Dave Douglas’ Quintet, Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and countless other projects the helped shape these tunes.

But enough from us, we’ll let Linda fill you in.


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Video: The first look at Linda Oh’s #SunPictures

Posted by: jim on July 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Listening, Video

LindaOh-SunPictures_72dpi-optWe’re excited to announce and share with you new Linda Oh music. “Sun Pictures” is her second for Greenleaf after last year’s “Initial Here“. Linda has been busy since that release playing in Dave’s Quintet, the Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and a boatload of other projects. And it’s from those travels and experiences that “Sun Pictures” came into focus — Linda calls the album “a set of musical postcards.”

We have the CDs printing at the plant — a beautiful package with great photos, liner notes by Linda, all printed on recycled paper (you know how we roll) — and we expect them in any day now. Preorder in advance of the August 27th street date coming very soon. In the meantime, watch this great band (Ben Wendel of Kneebody, James Muller, Linda Oh, and Ted Poor) recording the album live at WKCR Studios at Columbia University.

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Release day for Matt Ulery’s #WakeAnEcho, New tracks streaming

Posted by: jim on July 16, 2013 @ 11:41 am
Filed under: Press, Releases, Video

“This is music of brisk intelligence and an almost off-putting abundance of composure… with frictionless access to great chunks of classical postminimalism, atmospheric indie-rock and harmonically astute post-bop.”
-NY Times http://bit.ly/18SC4or

 

“…an abundantly atmospheric work built on exotic scales, muted instrumental colors and darkly moody expression… revels in unhurried but circuitous melody lines & lush instrumental colors.”
-Chicago Tribune http://bit.ly/13V86Ow

 

“…fiery improvisational chops with a measured cool that complements the cinematic, thoroughly composed elements in Ulery’s music. Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else.”
-Chicago Reader http://bit.ly/12muJoF

 

Wake An Echo brims with gorgeous melodies and voluptuous arrangements. Ulery has placed his almost other-worldly compositions into another perfect setting; it hints at a larger orchestra while maintaining a more intimate transparency.”
-ChicagoMusic.org http://bit.ly/136m8ek


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New music: Matt Ulery’s Loom, Wake An Echo

Posted by: jim on June 26, 2013 @ 5:28 am
Filed under: Music, Releases, Video


Wake An Echo by Matt Ulery’s Loom.
CD/digital available now for preorder.
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With his 2012 release By A Little Light, Chicago bassist and composer Matt Ulery presented profoundly rich compositions for a large ensemble. The sprawling two-disc collection, lush with strings, winds, and vocals—care of the iconoclastic contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird, and Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik—was called “one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings of [2012]” by Chicago Tribune, received ★★★★ ½ in Downbeat, and appeared on NPR’s Top 50 Albums of the Year across all genres. For his follow-up—his second for the Greenleaf Music label—Ulery sets aside the grandeur of the large ensemble without sacrificing the beauty inherent in his compositions, reimagining his long-standing Loom Quintet on Wake An Echo.


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Watch: Dave Douglas Quintet, “Beware Of Doug” live in the studio

Posted by: jim on June 20, 2013 @ 12:57 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Video

Dave Douglas Quintet live at Avatar Studios NYC performing the Douglas composition “Beware Of Doug” from the album Time Travel [2013].

Personnel:

Dave Douglas – trumpet
Jon Irabagon – tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
recorded & mixed by Joe Ferla
at Avatar Studios NYC


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Dave Douglas interview for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 30, 2013 @ 10:38 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Video

Got a chance to chat with one of my longest term supporters and biggest champions of jazz in the UK, Tony Dudley-Evans. We spoke about this weekend’s Cheltenham Festival in the lounge of the Royal Academy.


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