Dave Douglas Updates: “High Risk,” “Sound Prints,” and “Serial Sessions”

Posted by: Russell on April 8, 2015 @ 11:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

2GRE_CD_1042_D3011MGreenleaf co-founder Dave Douglas is rarely never idle. This week might seem jam packed with announcements, but it’s just another week here at Greenleaf Music. We’re proud to announce a new album of Dave’s called High Risk that will be released on June 23rd on Greenleaf. It features the personalities of producer/beat maker SHIGETO, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electric bassist Jonathan Maron exploring electronic improvisations based on compositions from Dave’s pen. Listen to Molten Sunshine and Cardinals below. The mix of interaction, improvisation and post production on High Risk is refreshingly easy to listen to, and delightfully escapes category. Is it electronic music? Jazz music? Trumpet Music? We can’t say, but we can assure you it’s good music.


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At the same time, another project Dave has been working on with long time collaborator Joe Lovano called Sound Prints released their very first album as a group on Tuesday named “Live at Monterey Jazz Fest.” This record, available on Blue Note Records, features veteran drummer Joey Baron, bassist (and Greenleaf Artist) Linda Oh and pianist Lawrence Fields. The record is for sale at both iTunes and Amazon, and also available to stream on a variety of services here.

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We also can’t forget the Serial Sessions, the 12-track album Dave recorded and produced this year exclusively for Greenleaf Music Subscribers. Each month we release a fresh track from the session to our subscribers (available as an MP3 or hi-res wave download, and on our streaming Cloud Player) and March’s track is called Hypatia. Trombonist Ryan Keberle (who released the knockout record Into the Zone last year) plays beautifully on this track and also weighs in here:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version here. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.


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Sound Prints: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival out now!

Posted by: Russell on April 7, 2015 @ 12:17 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)

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For almost twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

However, the two had yet to find the “proper balance of personnel,” as Douglas puts it, to form a group of their own until they assembled pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and veteran downtown drummer Joey Baron in 2011. Now, a few years and over 50 gigs later, their band Sound Prints will release their debut Live At Monterey Jazz Festival on Blue Note Records.

Read more at bluenote.com

Buy now at iTunes and Amazon and stream here

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The Serial Sessions: Hypatia

Posted by: Russell on April 3, 2015 @ 8:43 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads

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Spring is having a hard time getting out of bed, but the Subscriber Series can help! The Serial Sessions track for March is Hypatia, and trombonist Ryan Keberle weighs in on the track:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

However, with all that being said (and I could go on!) what always first comes to mind when I think about Wayne Shorter is the following story from my days as an undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music studying with the legendary trombonist, Steve Turre.  I was in the final stages of preparing for my graduation recital for which I had programmed the Wayne Shorter tune, “Nefertiti.” The chord progression on “Nefertiti” as it’s played by the Miles Davis Quintet is ambiguous, at best, and in those early days of the internet when Google wasn’t the all-knowing resource it is today, Steve and I decided to turn to the primary source in our quest for the original chord progression. Steve called Wayne one afternoon and Wayne picked up on the first try. After a bit of small talk Steve explained our dilemma and asked Wayne if he wouldn’t mind reciting the chords to us on his tune, “Nefertiti.” With no hesitation Wayne said, “Man, we weren’t playing chords on that tune, we were playing COLORS!”

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

 

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Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” Available Now + Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK Live in Detroit

Posted by: Russell on March 31, 2015 @ 10:16 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin, Donny McCaslin (News)

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We’re excited to release our next creation to the wild! Donny McCaslin’s ‘Fast Future’ is officially released today. Check out a great review from All About Jazz and an interview with some insight into Donny’s process at WBUR in Boston. Get your copy from the Greenleaf Music Online Store now!

Take a peek at the EPK and the live cut from the 55 Bar to get another taste of this great record.

Donny will be touring throughout the US and Canada, don’t miss the chance to see him live!

4/1/2015 | 8:00 pm | Humber College | Toronto | Buy Tickets

4/3/15 | 8:00 pm | Kent State University | Kent, OH | Buy Tickets

4/7 & 4/8 | 7:30 & 10:00 pm | Jazz Standard | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

4/23/15 | 7:30 pm | Reno Jazz Festival | Reno, NV | Buy Tickets


 

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Label Director Dave Douglas debuts his new project HIGH RISK featuring SHIGETO at Trinosophes in Detroit on Wednesday, April 1. Detroiters and Ann Arborers come on through. Check out a track below, album release on June 23rd, 2015!

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 29: Donny McCaslin

Posted by: Russell on March 24, 2015 @ 9:16 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Podcast

DM_ff_front_square smallIt’s always a big event when virtuoso saxophonist Donny McCaslin releases a new recording. His new, David Binney produced CD, Fast Future, is out on Greenleaf Music (release on 3/31! Pre-order here) and Donny joins co-hosts Dave Douglas and Michael Bates to talk details. They cover the thought process that went into making Fast Future, electronic music, composing. A couple of other guys named Donny make an appearance as does Clark Terry. Nobody talks about Whiplash and Dave encourages Michael to drink more Kenny G frappuccinos. Ever heard of the Incredible Jazz Geezers? You will if you listen to A Noise From the Deep.

“No Eyes” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Fast Future” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Midnight Light” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“54 Cymru Beats” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“Blur” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*
“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, Donny Hathaway, (Atco Records)
“Last Night When We Were Young”, Paul Motian, On Broadway (JMT Records)
“Mumbles” Oscar Peterson, “Trio + 1 Clark Terry” (Verve Music)
“Love and Living” Donny McCaslin, Fast Future (Greenleaf Music)*

*Featuring Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, Mark Giuliana, produced by David Binney

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