Dave Douglas Quintet at Detroit Jazz Festival

Posted by: russell on September 4, 2015 @ 9:29 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events


We’re excited to announce the Dave Douglas Quintet appearance at the Detroit Jazz Festival. The Quintet will play at 6:45 on the Wayne State University Pyramid Stage and will be performing music from their upcoming release Brazen Heart.  Find more info about the Detroit Jazz Festival here.

Dave Douglas Quintet
Sunday, Sept. 6 6:45pm
Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

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Audiophile Audition Reviews High Risk

Posted by: russell on September 3, 2015 @ 12:42 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press


Doug Simpson of Audiophile Audition took a deep listen to High Risk and wrote this thoughtful review. Nice to see Steve Wall of Gardentone and Geoff Countryman get their due props here! Check out videos here and here and vinyl LP here.

Dave Douglas – High Risk [TrackList follows] – Greenleaf Music GRE-CD-1042, 40:57 [6/23/15] ****1/2:

(Dave Douglas – trumpet, producer; Jonathan Maron – electric and synth bass; Mark Guiliana – acoustic and electric drums; Shigeto – electronics)


If jazz fans want to keep abreast of the confluence of acoustic jazz and electronics (i.e., electro-acoustic jazz)—the creative nexus where brass, wood, sticks, ivory keys and other acoustic components balance against loops, beats and digital sound—then trumpeter Dave Douglas is one of the artists you should listen to. Douglas is a well-rounded composer, arranger, improviser and performer. One area he continues to find stimulating is the melding of jazz with electronic elements. He’s done some intriguing work related to this sphere on previous releases such as Spark of Being (2010), Moonshine (2008) and Freak In (2003). For his latest outing, the 40-minute High Risk, Douglas formed a new quartet with acoustic and electric drummer Mark Guiliana (Douglas and Guiliana first performed together on a project with saxophonist DonnyMcCaslin); electric and synth bassist Jonathan Maron (founding member of acid-jazz group Groove Collective) and Zachary Saginaw aka Shigeto (an electronic music producer). Maron and Douglas initially crossed paths in the ‘90s and Douglas met Shigeto in 2014 when they shared a stage at a multi-genre musical event. From those connections, High Risk was born. High Risk is not just the magic of four musicians in a studio. Recording engineer Geoff Countryman (who has done board work on other Douglas CDs) meticulously captured the acoustic and electronic portions (Douglas did four months of pre-production to prepare for the one-day session). And mixing engineer Steve Wall was an important contributor, since he did four months of detailed post-production. The result is live improvisation fused with integrated sound manipulation, effects, and other digital/audio realizations.

The seven tracks offer a spontaneous and layered interplay between trumpet, bass, drums and electronics. Everything is part of one expressive experience. The music outwardly modifies and changes, but there is an overall flow and continuity, despite fluctuating constituents. The opener, “Molten Sunset,” commences with Maron’s slowly pulsing bass, Guiliana’s shadowy percussion, and Douglas’ iridescent trumpet. Shigeto’s shimmering electronics traverse as a foundation, with ambient samples, organized sounds and improvised groove. The 7:32 piece has an attribute of mystery amid a fractured funk template. “Molten Sunset” is both edgy and carries a skewed calmness. (read more)

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A Noise From The Deep Episode 32: Marc Ribot

Posted by: russell on September 1, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast


Episode 32 features topics found here: Franz CasseusContent Creators CoalitionFair Play for Fair PayAd Sponsored Piracy.

Music Played In This Episode:

  • ‘Black Rock Park’ from Dave Douglas, Freak In
    Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, Jamie Saft, Brad Jones, Joey Baron
  • ‘Stella By Starlight’ from Miles Davis Quintet, My Funny Valentine
    Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
  • ‘Flicker’ from Marc Ribot, Silent Movies
  • ‘Sun Ship’ from Marc Ribot Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard
    Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Chad Talyor
  • ‘The Cooker’ from George Benson, Cookbook
    Ronnie Cuber, George Benson, Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Lovelace
  • ‘Bells’ from Marc Ribot Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard
    Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Chad Talyor
  • ‘Newest Fastest’ from DNA, DNA
    Arto Lindsay, Tim Wright, Ikue Mori
  • ‘Right Off’ from Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
    Miles Davis, Steve Grossman, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Michael Henderson, Billy Cobham
  • ‘Preaching Blues’ from Robert Johnson, Drunken Hearted Man
  • ‘Get Behind The Mule’ from Tom Waits, Mule Variations
  • ‘Fat Man Blues’ from Marc Ribot, Silent Movies



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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! podcast@greenleafmusic.com 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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The Serial Sessions: Cooked Chicken Dance

Posted by: russell on July 14, 2015 @ 12:18 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads


Cooked Chicken Dance is the 6th Subscriber track from the Serial Sessions of 2015! Dave has some thoughts about the track below:

Cooked Chicken Dance was originally written for a special trio concert in Trentino with cellist Hank Roberts and banjo player Noam Pikelny, of the Punch Brothers. Ryan Keberle plays a beautiful solo here, and makes the most of all the rhythmic changes that switch between 3 and 4 beats per bar. It’s a thrill to hear Frank, Linda, and Rudy bring so much brilliance and light to this version. I can’t remember why the song has this title. But I think I was writing it in the summer and was putting the finishing touches on it right before dinner.

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HIGH RISK Review: Detroit Music Magazine

Posted by: russell on July 13, 2015 @ 7:27 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press


Originally posted at Detroit Music Magazine by Khalid

You can’t really talk about trumpeter Dave Douglas’ latest release – the self-titled debut of High Risk – for very long before a couple key points inevitably get raised. Foremost among these talking points is that the quartet from which the album takes its name is really the brainchild of both Dave Douglas and one Zach Saginaw, better known as Shigeto, an Ann Arbor-born experimental electronic music producer and left-field hip-hop drummer. The two met for the first time last year at a Red Bull Music Academy event that paired together musicians for improvisation work, and from there they continued a collaborative relationship.

This isn’t the first time Douglas has worked with an artist outside the traditional realm of jazz – that list includes electronic musicians like Yuka Honda, Ikue Mori, Jamie Saft, and DJ Olive. Still, these artists’ contributions to Douglas’ output almost felt ancillary and not quite integrated into the whole, with their role falling into that of providing sonic color or manipulating existing qualities in the music.

That’s not the case on Douglas’ new collaboration, High Risk, which balances traditional instrumentation with electronic textures. The eponymous quartet – rounded out by drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron – operate as a cohesive unit without losing their individuality. You can partially credit this to Douglas’ extensive experience both as a bandleader and as a member of multiple ensembles. But you can also sense a genuine appreciation on Shigeto’s part for jazz performance’s unique hurdles: from dealing with real-time harmonic changes to juggling improvisational flow in a group context.

Over High Risk’s seven tracks, the quartet make reference to a number of seminal fusion jazz icons’ works – from Miles Davis’ and Weather Report’s first electrified recordings to Herbie Hancock’s embrace of funk and electro, from Jon Hassell’s forays into world music to Tortoise and The Sea & Cake’s post-rock flirtations, all the way through to FlyLo’s jazz-inflected electronic odes to his aunt Alice Coltrane – but there’s no mistaking them for anyone else; this sound is singular.

There is a strong chance that many of the people who will pick up High Risk may do so on the basis of one-quarter of the ensemble behind its making. Though that should come as no surprise, especially given jazz’s decline in popularity, albums like this provide hope, as they introduce new listeners to a still-vital genre. Jazz has always played with dance culture, but this is something else. Instead of a rote exercise in electronic experimentation suitable for academia, this is a real feat of musical collaboration that wasn’t made for the conservatory or the club, but rather uncharted territory.

Many exciting developments are happening in the world of contemporary jazz – from Vijay Iyer’s interpretations of popular music to Kamasi Washington’s three-hour opus The Epic – but High Risk is truest to its name. Rather than piggyback on the latest trend to attract fair-weather fans, the album relies on the strengths of its players and their group chemistry to create something new that wows without having to woo. These days, making work like that is the highest risk of all.


Get your copy of High Risk here.

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