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 Caine. Present 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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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)
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
Chris Dingman, David Shively, percussions
Kyoko Kitamura, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Yoon Sun Choi, K.
Fung, Tomas Cruz, Nick Hallett, Roland Burks, Michael Douglas Jones,
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 OBBLIGATO (INTAKT)
Tom Rainey (d), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor+soprano saxophones), Kris Davis (p), Ralph Alessi (tpt), Drew Gress (b)
Dave Douglas Keystone “Moonshine”
Dave Douglas (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (tenor sax), Adam Benjamin (Rhodes), Brad Jones (baby bass), Gene Lake (drums), DJ Olive (turntables)