Praise for Present Joys

Posted by: Russell on August 6, 2014 @ 2:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


Present Joys has been out for 2 weeks and we couldn’t be more excited about the press we’ve received about this release. See highlights below and get your copy of Present Joys here.

A note from Dave Douglas:

Extraordinary for me to see all these thoughts! Much appreciated. Uri Caine and I have learned a lot touring this music. Thanks to all of you who have shared it. If you have not picked up the CD, now is a good time. And thanks for your support. We need it and appreciate it.

4 stars  “Alluring … a 2014 jazz highlight.”

John Fordham, The Guardian/UK


“I felt smarter after listening to Present Joys. Along with pianist Uri Caine, Douglas’ approach on this record sounds like Nas on Illmatic or the Grateful Dead at their live shows. He opens a channel into the middle of his musicianship and just lets it all flow out without anything superfluous or presumptuous.”

Alex Marianyi, NextBop


“While Present Joys features a stripped-down instrumentation, the utterly in-sync duo of Douglas and Caine also reaches lofty artistic heights and resonances.”

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen


4 stars … “Trumpeter Dave Douglas continues his exploration of traditional New England music with this delightful and intimate duet album, featuring pianist Uri Caine.  Though contemporary in scope, each track reflects the sparse harmonies, dignified phrasing and sense of community of a bygone era.”

Mike Hobart, Financial Times


8/10 … “Quite extraordinary. The folk tradition through jazz. I suppose it’s easy to embrace the tendency of adventurous musicians, of any artists with a taste for the edgy, to move back to lyricism and tradition. I’m wary of my affection for this recording and for Be Still for that reason, in the same way that I hesitate to laud Coltrane’s Ballads album. But these records are not retreats of bold playing at all — they are an expansion of a great artist’s sensibility, a way the artist has found to dare himself to focus, to refine, to move in new ways.  Dave Douglas and Uri Caine are good enough to stand up to making ‘pretty’ music, even traditional music. They pass the test and come out still surprising us.”

Will Layman


“Spiritual music, solid as Shaker furniture and often as sober as a Quaker meeting, performed by two attuned virtuosos who have worked together in various configurations for more than 20 years.   In the closing ballad ‘Zero Hour,’ Caine’s gorgeously joyous response to Douglas’s more serious reflections create[s] a brand new world in five minutes and change.”

Richard Gehr,


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Greenleaf Music New York Weekend: Linda Oh & Ryan Keberle

Posted by: Russell on July 31, 2014 @ 2:15 pm
Filed under: Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle


Greenleaf Music is excited to celebrate a weekend of New York performances from two of our artists, Linda Oh and newcomer Ryan Keberle.

Bassist Linda Oh will perform at The Blue Note Jazz Club on Friday, August 1st at midnight with her group Sun Pictures featuring Matt Stevens on guitar, Troy Roberts on saxophone and drummer (fellow Greenleaf Music label-mate) Rudy Royston who is fresh off his bandleading debut at The Village Vanguard. We are offering a 24-hour sale on Linda’s album Sun Pictures by using the discount code “glmweekend” at The Greenleaf Music Online Store. To make reservations for Linda’s Blue Note performance, click here.

We are also excited to announce that trombonist Ryan Keberle is joining the Greenleaf Music roster. His Greenleaf Music debut Into The Zone features his band Catharsis and special appearances by veteran saxophonist Scott Robinson and the gifted Chilean-born vocalist Camila Meza. Ryan and Catharsis will be playing music from Into the Zone at The Jazz Gallery on August 2nd at 9 and 11 pm. For tickets and more information click here. Into the Zone will be released on September 30; for sneak previews of Into the Zone and exclusive access to the extensive Greenleaf Music Catalog become a subscriber today!

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Riverside In Europe Wrap Up

Posted by: Russell on @ 9:00 am
Filed under: Riverside

We had a wonderful European tour that wrapped late last week and which found us zig zagging our way across the continent, marked with memorable shows and people along the way. The fun didn’t stop there, however. After returning home from these incredible two weeks, it was straight to packing boxes. My wife and I, and our two daughters now call Brooklyn home. We will miss Montreal but are excited for this new chapter to begin.


Starting off in Bucharest on July 4 was an unforgettable experience. After looking back on the performance and setting, this ended up being one of my favourite shows. This is kind of funny because it was the last show to come in on our summer bookings, literally one week before we left. When we got there, one would’ve thought the show had been planned for a year. Every detail was thought of, the crew and hospitality were great and even the advertising was spot on. Dave and I shook some hands and signed some records and read some great translations on menus. The highlight: Beaten and tormented beef for the pleasure of your taste.

Riverside-europe-02Next, July 5, we were off to beautiful Vigo, Spain. I knew this was going to be a show to remember when our driver from the airport seldom let the speedometer dip below 190 km/h on our two hour trip. It was a pleasantly smooth ride, even with Dave and Steve in hot pursuit. We played in the town square that night where Steve, due to airline malfunction, had to return to an old friend – the 4 stringed Fender Jazz bass. Although Steve would’ve liked to have had his own instrument, a beautiful 5 stringed Citron, it was a welcomed reminder to me that it is, indeed, the player and not the instrument that makes the music. Steve played great and it was fun to hear him on a different bass. A bit of Duck Dunn and Carol Kaye in there.

On July 6 we made our way to Marigliano, Italy (close to Naples). The name of the game was finding Steve’s bass. Everything worked out and when we arrived back at the venue, after eating the best pizza I’ve ever had, Steve’s mainsqueeze was waiting for him on the bandstand. Another concert in the town square on a beautiful night, hard to beat!


Riverside-europe-03July 7 took us to Geneva. We were supposed to play in city hall square but the weather decided for us. We ended up being pleasantly surprised by our indoor alternative, Victoria Hall. It was great to be playing in a concert hall after four outdoor venues in a row andthis show was recorded for radio broadcast for a later date. Look out.




Riverside-europe-04The next night, July 8, was our first night off and Riverside was a bit banged up.  Lots of flights and little sleep, the band was ready for a reset. Thanks to a restaurant recommendation from fellow horn player, Ohad Talmor, we made our way to a nice little Italian restaurant and kicked back. Dave’s treat! Thanks again chef d’orchestre.

Riverside-europe-05July 9 is when things got really interesting. We flew into Timisoara, Romania, and then had a 3 hr van ride straight up hill to home base, Garana. The roads are one and half lanes wide and two ways. Close calls seem common place here, as our driver didn’t seem too concerned with near head-on collisions. An exciting ride, to say the least. A day off in the woods at the Gasthof Tirol lodge was a definite change of scenery and vibe. Our generous host, Andrea and her family, took us swimming, kept fed and watered, and kept us safe from the roaming dogs! No joke, there were dogs everywhere. Semi-domesticated/semi-wild, the dogs snack on ankles and bike tires.

Riverside-europe-06On July 10 we did what we were brought to Garana to do. Another 25 mins into the mountains and we arrived at the stage. It was a really cool venue. The seating is provided by hundreds of giant tree trunks in multiple rows. People use these as benches and I gather that the venue is used year-round for a variety of shows. It was a fun show. I remember Dave coaxing his tune Backyard into rhythm changes for his solo section and tearing it up! It’s not often that you get to hear Dave play bebop but man, you can really hear his love and appreciation of the music and the language that has been such a big part of this music. Another highlight was getting to hang with and hear the saxophonist, Andy Sheppard. His playing has always knocked me out and his trio played a beautiful set that night. He’s a great player and composer, and continues to be an inspiration to me.

We left Timi Soara, complete with another death-defying car ride, and flew to Rotterdam on July 11. Another family dinner, care of Dave (thanks again!) was a great way to end an epic travel day.

On July 12 we played at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The North Sea fest is wall to wall music. It takes place in a giant conference center so all the concert go-er has to do is walk across the hall to hear another act. We played in the Hudson room after Tineke Postma who’s band included Greg Osby, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Dan Weiss. It was really nice to see some familiar faces, have some laughs, a glass of wine,and toss around some Tim and Eric quotes. Also, Danilo Perez’s trio played after us and they played beautifully. John Patitucci played mostly electric bass and Brian Blade was his, usual, brilliant self. To open the show and to recognize the passing of Charlie Haden we played his composition, Silence.


Riverside-europe-07July 13 had us going back to Spain to El Puerto de Santa Maria. Yup, the same as the boat. Sergio, our main man in Spain, took us to a wonderful spot for lunch where he did the ordering and we happily did the eating.

This was the day of the world cup final so after some long afternoon naps, we met to watch the game and eat dinner. After the first overtime half we made our way down the street to Osborne wines and played a wonderful show. Considering that it was an outdoor venue, the sound was remarkable. Steve played an amazing acappella solo on an old hymn that Dave brought in called Arbacoochee. Hard to ask for more in a night than that!

July 14 is when we lost Steve but gained a wonderful musician named Andy Clausen. We flew into Venice and from there drove into the Dolomites, arriving in time for a late dinner. A great meal with local wines.

Riverside-europe-09On July 15 after a most of the day to walk around the charming mountain town of Cavalese, with rehearsed with Andy. Andy is a very gifted trombone player who memorized the entire repertoire, very creatively covered the role of the bass, and soloed amazingly well. After rehearsal in the room that the hotel provided, which gave us panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, we headed down to the restaurant dinner and more local treats. We got hang with Anna, a new member of the team at Saudades.

We had a great meal then we hit the local mini-putt course for a high stakes game of after dinner fun, capped off with gelato.


On July 16, we headed up the mountain. We were met by the mountain guides who were there to carry of gear up to the venue. Strong lads with good vibes! This was Dave’s fifteenth year of playing in the Suoni della Dolomiti. After one gondola, two chairlifts and a one hour hike we made it to the magical venue. Dave chose the spot and as you can see, it had it all. During the set we changed positions to play from various vantage points. This help create different vibes for different and let us connect on different ways with the crowd.

July 17 we all headed our separate ways home thankful or the experience of getting to share Riverside with new audiences in new places and charged up for the next outing.



Listen to and Buy Riverside here!

Thanks to all of you who picked up our recording Riverside. Great to meet so many listeners out there, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the next time!

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 23: Mark Turner

Posted by: Russell on July 30, 2014 @ 9:53 am
Filed under: Podcast

2014-04-02 13.05.01 HDRSaxophonist, Composer, and ECM recording artist Mark Turner joins Dave Douglas, Michael Bates, and Levi, for a wide ranging discussion interspersed with musical examples of Mark’s solo work as well as pieces with the trio, Fly. Topics include Harold Land, James Clay, Horace Silver, Billy Hart, Paul Motian, and Kurt Rosenwinkle.

The solo saxophone music is from ‘Velvet Underground’ which appears on Mark Turner’s “Solos – The Jazz Session” (Original Spin Music) Mark Turner, saxophone.

Trio pieces include: Diorite, Festival Tune, and Kingston, from the Fly CD “Year of the Snake (ECM). Mark Turner, saxophone; Larry Grenadier, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums.

This episode concludes with ‘Journey To The Stars’ by Tom Harrell on the album Number 5 (High Note Records). Tom Harrell, trumpet, flugelhorn; Wayne Escoffery, saxophone; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.



Rudy Royston at The Village Vanguard & 303 sale!

Posted by: Russell on July 24, 2014 @ 2:28 pm
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Rudy Royston

Lorraine Gordon hanging out with Rudy Royston at his Village Vanguard debut!

“An alert and powerful drummer, Rudy Royston has emerged as a first-tier talent…” -NY Times

Greenleaf Music celebrates Rudy Royston at legendary The Village Vanguard every night this week through Sunday, July 27 with his 303 Septet. TimeOut New York says “Expect an accessible sound that doesn’t pander—postbop with a tender sophisticated-pop sensibility, perhaps—as Royston leads a septet in pieces from the album.”

We are excited to offer Rudy’s debut album 303 at a 15% discount at the Greenleaf Music Store to celebrate his week long run at The Vanguard. Use the discount code “vvrr15″ at checkout to redeem!


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Present Joys Released!

Posted by: Russell on July 22, 2014 @ 1:03 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

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 CainePresent 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.

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Dave Douglas and Uri Caine in Philadelphia and Baltimore

Posted by: Russell on July 21, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

Present Joys US Tour Banner

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!



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Pre-order “Present Joys” at the Greenleaf Music Store Today

Posted by: Emily on July 16, 2014 @ 10:53 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas & Uri Caine


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!

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 22: Ingrid Laubrock

Posted by: Emily on June 30, 2014 @ 7:57 pm
Filed under: Podcast

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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)

Vogelfrei (Unpublished)
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
Jay Rozen, tuba
Chris Dingman, David Shively, percussions
Amy Crawford, piano
Kyoko Kitamura, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Yoon Sun Choi, K.
Fung, Tomas Cruz, Nick Hallett, Roland Burks, Michael Douglas Jones,
Peter Stewart, voices
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 (d), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor+soprano saxophones), Kris Davis (p), Ralph Alessi (tpt), Drew Gress (b)

Dave Douglas Keystone “Moonshine”
Dog Star
Dave Douglas (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (tenor sax), Adam Benjamin (Rhodes), Brad Jones (baby bass), Gene Lake (drums), DJ Olive (turntables)

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Hard Choices and Non-American Football

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 7:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

The World Cup is such a kick every time it comes around. (Yes, that pun deserves a yellow card, I will be more careful). Wonderfully international and egalitarian as it is, watching the latest matches has me thinking through some tough choices. And noticing some of the madness around it.

Speaking of hard choices, by now you’ve most likely seen the recent meme about the trolley problem:

There’s a runaway train barreling down the tracks. You see five people tied up ahead, unable to move. The train’s headed straight for them. Miraculously, there’s a lever next to you which will switch the train to a different track. Tragically, you notice there’s also one person tied up on the other track. There’s no intermediate switch, the train can only go on one track or another. Do nothing, and the train kills five people. Or do you pull the lever, saving five, but killing one? Tough choice. Most people quickly choose #2 — doing less harm.

Here is “The Trolley Song” to listen to while you read the rest. Since we’re talking about Brazil, thank you, Joao Gilberto.

There’s a variation on this enigma called The Fat Man:

As above, the train is hurtling down a track towards five people. This time you are on a bridge overhead, and you can stop the train by dropping a heavy weight in front of it! Also, there’s a very fat man next to you. Your only way to stop the train is to push the fat man over the bridge and onto the track, killing him to save five. Should you proceed?

Yikes. Most people pause here because you actually have to actively cause harm this time to stop a worse outcome. What would you do? There is no right answer.

Luckily this is all hypothetical. This is not like having to choose between the Village Vanguard and The Stone, where there are two great bands you’d like to hear. Choosing one means missing the other. Or hearing one your all time heroes at an overseas jazz festival versus going back to the hotel to get a good night of sleep before tomorrow’s early wake up call and travel to the next gig. This happens to me at least five times per summer.

If you’ve been watching the World Cup, like it or not you’ve had to make some difficult choices. This has nothing to do with the chauvinism of Ann Coulter (or with Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices.”). Coulter said, ”I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.” My family’s been here a long, long time and we’re all freaking out over the Brazil games. My friend Marc Ribot responded by saying:

Most of the Americans I know whose great grandfathers were born here are Black. Most of my African American friends certainly seem interested in soccer. But somehow I don’t think they were who Coulter had in mind.  I don’t know many whites whose great grandfathers were born here. Of the ones I do know know, some seem to like watching soccer. Are my friends representative? I don’t know. But that begs the questions:  Why exactly would anyone care what a dwindling minority of politically marginal white American non-soccer watchers does or thinks? And who still believes Ann Coulter’s ‘promises’?

No, the choice is whether to simply appreciate the awesome skills and brilliant teamwork of the sport, as opposed to honoring the suffering and displacement caused by the games (by boycotting and protesting them).

Billions of dollars are spent on stadiums that may never get used again. These billions get spent in a country of rampant poverty and inequality–in the favelas people could really use the money. In addition, there are preferential contracts for FIFA that eliminate any leverage for workers and displaced families. Yikes indeed.

And yet, it’s a remarkable year for the sport. The USA has a viable team this time around and has joined the group of 16. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic for Tim Howard and the squad. There have been thrilling matches. South and Central America have been dominant this year. Epic battles have eliminated big traditional giants. It’s like a hundred degrees and 95% humidity and these guys run for ninety minutes straight. Amazing.

So, what to do? (If you’re England, go home, apparently. Sorry, Nick).

It’s one of those moments where you have to hold two competing thoughts in your mind. The matches are good, the message is good. The management is exploitative, the money corrupts, inequality abounds. How much is my decision to patronize the games complicit in the problems? Who knows? Maybe not at all.

I’m a musician, lucky with the kinds of choices I get to make. If you could keep the trolley from hitting anybody, that’d be good, right? You could catch the first set at The Stone and the second set at the Vanguard. Hear Sonny Rollins and then hope to take a nap tomorrow afternoon before the gig.

Tuesday we’ll find out whether our team can vanquish Belgium. I’ll be rooting for USA, but I also love Belgium, and I am grateful our team has come even this far.

And we can all hope some good comes out of this for Brazil and Brazilians.

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