The Serial Sessions: Persistence of Memory

Posted by: russell on August 27, 2015 @ 6:31 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads


The seventh track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Persistence of Memory. This track features great solos from Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste who weighs in on the recording experience here:

When asked by Greenleaf to write a short comment on recording Persistence of Memory I was at a small jazz festival in Burgundy, France and although I remember the recording session very well I could not really identify this specific song. Naturally I was eager to listen to it again, 6 months after recording this song in New York .

I remember this particular recording session seemed like a challenge at first: recording 12 songs in one day, with no rehearsal and with musicians I had of course heard of but never played with. Needless to say it worked out great and it was fun playing his music and meeting everybody on this recording! This says a lot about Dave’s approach to composing, it’s very down to the point, you don’t need to rehearse a song for days to make it sound. He also leaves a lot of space for improvisation which makes it sound fresh. I also noted that many times Dave would write a bass line or melody and leave it to the piano to find the right harmony. I definitely liked that idea!

Listening to this track again I was immediately struck by the fact that it takes only about 2 seconds to recognize the music of Dave Douglas, his way to compose music and his sound on the trumpet. It’s that one thing all jazz musicians thrive for, to have a voice that’s unique. Although Persistance of Memory is originally on Dave Douglas In Our Lifetime album from 1993 it could have been written in 2015!

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the songs that ll be released September through December.

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High Risk at Willisau Jazz Festival

Posted by: russell on August 24, 2015 @ 11:56 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events


Dave Douglas and High Risk will be performing on August 26th at JAZZ FESTIVAL WILLISAU in Switzerland. More information about the performance is here, and buy your tickets here.


Dave Douglas – trumpet
Shigeto – electronics / beats
Jonathan Maron – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Geoff Countryman – engineer

Check out a bit of High Risk below, buy your copy now at the GLM Store.

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Rudy Royston’s 303 at the Village Vanguard

Posted by: russell on August 4, 2015 @ 12:03 pm
Filed under: Events, Rudy Royston


We’re super excited that Rudy Royston is playing sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm from Tuesday, August 4th until Sunday August 9th at the Village Vanguard (get your tickets and info). This is his second time leading a band in as many years and we’re dying to see what he has in store. Check out some tracks from his record on Greenleaf right here (buy the record here!):

Rudy Royston – drums
Nadje Noordhuis – trumpet
Jaleel Shaw – saxophones
Sam Harris – piano
Nir Felder – guitar
Mimi Jones – bass
Yasushi Nakamura – bass

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 31: I Suoni Delle Dolomiti, Mario Brunello, Cello4Ever, & Edmar Castaneda

Posted by: russell on July 30, 2015 @ 6:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
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Marco Radaelli and Cello4Ever at Col Margherita, July 18, 2015. Photo by Dave Douglas. @isuonidolomiti

Special Edition of the podcast features Dave’s journey to Trentino to play a sunrise concert with cello soloist Mario Brunello and the four cellists of Cello4Ever. Thanks to festival I Suoni Delle Dolomiti for producing and hosting these events!

Includes selections from ‘Mountain Passages’ with Dave Douglas, trumpet; Michael Moore, reeds; Peggy Lee, cello; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Dylan Van Der Schyffe, drums.

Also includes a special surprise guest appearance from Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, who by complete coincidence was sitting next to Dave on the plane. Or vice versa. Two of his pieces appear: Jesus de Nazareth, and Carrao Carrao (featuring Andrea Tierra).

Also includes a rehearsal outtake of Dave and Cello4Ever rehearsing Poveri Fiori, the aria from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea.

Send your questions and comments! Thanks for listening. We will be back with a more regular schedule, including cohost Michael Bates, in September.



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Donny McCaslin – West Coast tour!

Posted by: russell on July 17, 2015 @ 1:41 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

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Donny McCaslin is heading to the west coast! Following the celebrated release of his album Fast Future, Donny will be performing and giving masterclasses in California with his acclaimed band of Jason Lindner, Matt Clohesy, and Mark Guiliana. More information below!

July 18
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 20
Stanford Jazz Festival
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 28
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:00pm (tickets)

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