A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 28: Michael Bates

Posted by: Russell on January 30, 2015 @ 12:47 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Michael Bates, Podcast

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ANFTD’s first episode of 2015!  Dave interviews Michael Bates about his new trio recording, Northern Spy.  They cover topics including playing very slow, the influence of the blues and Michael’s work with Quinsin Nachoff.  Dave reflects on 2014 and talks about George Clinton’s autobiography.

Music featured on this episode:

Northern Spy-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Bean-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Days of Wine and Roses-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Great Exhibition-Michael Bates’ Outside Sources “Clockwise” (Greenleaf Music)
Essex House-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Ride On-Parliment “Chocolate City” (Casablanca)
Sugah Daddy-D’Angelo “Black Messiah” (RCA Records)
This Is My Father’s World-Dave Douglas “Be Still” (Greenleaf Music)

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Perpetual Motion #TBT and Donny McCaslin at Regattabar Feb 12th

Posted by: Russell on January 29, 2015 @ 4:12 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin

As we move through 2015 we want to take a moment to reflect on all the great music that we’ve been lucky enough to release over the past 10 years.

Donny McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion (preview and buy) shares its fourth anniversary (on January 25) as Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages. Not to be overshadowed by that or by Donny’s subsequent projects, this “fiercely contemporary and exploratory” (JazzTimes) with its “hard-hitting funk vamps and percolating polyrhythm” (AllAbout Jazz) sets the stage for 2012’s electro-jazz excitement of Casting for Gravity as well as his next release, Fast Future. Check it out! #TBT #Greenleaf10

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No saxophonist is more deserving of wider recognition than McCaslin, and this acoustic-electric effort may be his best yet. It’s bop, it’s funk, and it’s rock, all in one. – Steve Greenlee, The Boston Globe

 

If you’re in the Boston area don’t miss Donny at Regatta Bar on February 12th at 7:30 pm for one set. He’ll be playing with Jason Lindner on keyboards, Matt Clohesy on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums in a pre-release effort for his upcoming record Fast Future on Greenleaf Music. Get your tickets here before they run out!

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Celebrating 10 Years of Greenleaf Music

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Greenleaf Music celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2015. It seems like only yesterday–much less ten years ago–that Dave Douglas and Mike Friedman founded the company together.

Greenleaf was born of a desire to make and distribute music in a different way, to provide a new platform for Dave’s work as well as for artists he wants to showcase, and to create a community of like-minded fans to discover and enjoy that music. Since 2005 we’re proud to have released over 40 different projects: countless albums from Dave Douglas, as well as artists Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Nicole Mitchell, Curtis MacDonald, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Riverside and Ryan Keberle.

As the year passes, we’ll be focusing on our new projects (from Donny McCaslin on March 31 as well as from Dave’s new band High Risk in the summer and his famed Quintet in the Fall). We’ll also remember the company’s previous releases, especially the first three: Kneebody’s Break Me and Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages and Keystone. We want to get this music in to your hands, so we’re celebrating with a sale (more on that below).

As a special treat for our loyal subscribers, we’ll also be recording a band of Greenleaf alumni and giving the tracks away as part of our subscription series. Dave, Chet Doxas, Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston recorded new originals written by Dave earlier this week. Also, Kneebody is recording a new version of the Shane Endsley tune Break Me in honor of the 10th anniversary of their release. We’ll post the first track soon!

“Greenleaf is a family name that goes back at least four centuries. I wanted the label to have a sense of family, both in the way we treat recordings and in the way we deal with artists. You can sit around and gripe about the music industry ’til you’re blue in the face or you can do it yourself and act on what you believe in.”

-Dave Douglas, 2005

Mountain-PassagesThe first record on Greenleaf Music was Dave’s Mountain Passages, released ten years ago today. The New York Times wrote that it’s “a cross between the energetic Balkan-tinged improvisation heard in Mr. Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio and the hushed dynamics of another of his bands, Charms of the Night Sky…a provocative groove and vamp, and a style of ensemble playing that’s dynamically hushed but emotionally hot.”

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The ensemble, NOMAD, was formed to play music inspired by the myths and the spirit of rural mountain culture. The instrumentation of trumpet, clarinet, cello, tuba and percussion are envisioned as an imaginary traveling band, and their first performances took place high in the Italian Dolomites as part of the festival I Suoni delle Dolomitti. Partially inspired by his love of world folk music, NOMAD also carries the spirit of jazz that informs all of Dave’s music. Mountain Passages is a profound and playful mix that veers between the solemnity of solitary contemplation and the drunken debauchery of ecstatic celebration. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this work, take the opportunity now!

We’re offering a physical copy of Mountain Passages for $8 and a digital download for $5 at the Greenleaf Music Online Store for 1 week celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its release.

We’re excited to have shared ten years of great music with all of you and look forward to celebrating it all again this year.

Want more music? We feel the same way.

 


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High Risk

Posted by: Russell on January 21, 2015 @ 8:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas

Something I am genuinely thrilled to be working on! Starting a new band called High Risk, and finishing the record in these next weeks. I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s new vision of where improvisation and electronics can go. I wrote a bunch of new music and developed it with these three brilliant artists, and the engineer Geoff Countryman.

Shigeto, electronic musician affiliated with Ghostly International.

Mark Guiliana, drummer, acoustic and electric.

Jonathan Maron, bass and moog bass.

It’s a completely new departure for me and I am so grateful to be playing with these magical musicians! See you out there.


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The Importance of Young Ears

Posted by: Russell on January 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas

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Dave Douglas, founder and owner of Greenleaf Music, will be heading to Indiana’s Purdue University for their 25th Annual Jazz Fest. Here are some words from him:

Purdue University is hosting an enormous festival this weekend at which I will be performing selections from the big band album, A Single Sky. The festival is also aimed at exposing music and jazz to several thousand young musicians from schools all around the region. Part of my activity there will be giving a class on playing the trumpet and being an improviser! Two topics I love very much. Also will be sharing some playing time with drummer Carl Allen! Very happy to revisit these charts (which will include some new ones as well) Enjoy! And thank you.


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