Riverside Released

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Riverside

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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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