Greenleaf Music is excited to announce the pre-order of Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” at the Greenleaf Music Online Store! Check out the video above for a live version of the title track filmed at the 55 Bar in New York City. The full album will be released on March 31st. Don’t forget to check out Donny’s tour schedule to see where he’ll be playing this music next. We’re especially pumped for the Jazz Standard release party on April 7th and 8th in New York. We hope to see you there!
I always feel like the best way to work on music is to, well, work on music. Scott Hall at Columbia College in Chicago facilitated a program where I have a group of students composing, rehearsing and creating their own music. As part of that program, we will all be performing together at Jazz Showcase from March 12 to March 15. There’s a matinee on Sunday, March 15. I haven’t done a matinee in a long time.
There are at least 9 new original student works. We will also play a handful of my pieces arranged for the group. And the program is still in process, so new pieces may come in, or new arrangements may get made, in the course of the week.
Nothing like putting everything at risk! It heightens the sensitivities and channelizes the energies. I am confident we will play right through all of it. It’s going to be a great adventure.
We’re happy to announce the iTunes pre-order for tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s new release Fast Future. Fast Future reprises the stunning electro-acoustic quartet from McCaslin’s critically-acclaimed album Casting for Gravity that garnered McCaslin a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Instrumental Jazz Solo” on the track “Stadium Jazz.” However as the title implies, Fast Future finds McCaslin and company – keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana, along with longtime producer David Binney – hurtling further into the relatively unexplored crossroads between jazz and electronica with virtuosic musicianship. Long influenced by fusion pioneers like Weather Report and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, McCaslin integrates those hybrid instincts with innovative modern artists like Aphex Twin and Skrillex.
“I really love the sonic textures and ambient vibe that you hear in a lot of that music,” says McCaslin of the influence that electronica and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has had on his music. “Having these guys improvising and interacting within that sonic landscape feels great.” Pre-Order your copy now!
Donny will be touring throughout the US and Canada, don’t miss the chance to see him live!
3/5/2015 | 10:00 pm | The 55 Bar | New York, NY | Buy Tickets
3/7/2015 | 8:00 pm | Zipper Concert Hall | Los Angeles, CA | Buy Tickets
3/13 & 3/14/2015 | 8:00 pm |Cuesta College PAC | San Luis Obispo, CA | Buy Tickets
3/19/15 | 7:00 pm | L’Astral | Montréal | Buy Tickets
3/25 – 3/28/2015 | 8:00 pm | Mondavi Center | Davis, CA | Buy Tickets
4/1/2015 | 8:00 pm | Humber College | Toronto | Buy Tickets
4/7 & 4/8 | 7:30 & 10:00 pm | Jazz Standard | New York, NY | Buy Tickets
5/18/2015 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Yoshi’s | Oakland, CA | Buy Tickets
If you are a Grenleaf Music Subscriber I have great news for you! As of today you can stream Donny McCaslin’s Fast Future in its entirety on the Greenleaf Cloud Player! Just sign in and head to the Cloud Player. You can expect discount codes for Fast Future to arrive in your inbox shortly.
If you aren’t a subscriber feel free to peruse our site to see what you’re missing (you’re missing a lot). From the Subscriber Series, to the Serial Sessions, to the Cloud Player, to the discounts on all purchases, I’m sure you’ll find a reason to subscribe soon.
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You might want to make plans to be in New York from March 19 through March 22 when Dave Douglas will team up with legendary alto player and composer Lee Konitz for four nights of shows at Jazz Standard.
Dave said it best, “I am so honored and thrilled to be playing with Lee, there is so much to learn from this absolute master. Rehearsals have been a trip! We are doing a few brand new pieces for me, by both Lee, and by Lennie Tristano, as well as working on standards I haven’t performed in probably thirty years. The rhythm section will be Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Ches Smith. Make plans now! Looking forward to seeing you there.”
Visit the Jazz Standard website for ticketing and show information.
The Subscriber Series continues to give! We’ve uploaded The Serial Sessions track for February and we can’t wait to get it to you. The track is called ‘Episode for Taslima Nasrin’ and features Dave Douglas on trumpet. If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.
Episode for Taslima Nasrin was originally recorded on Witness, the politically charged large-ish ensemble recording by Dave Douglas. Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi poet and doctor who fled her country in the wake of attacks, both physical and verbal, waged against her after publishing the novel Lajja in 1993. Her opposition to Sharia Law made her a target for fundamentalists who called for a ban of her novel and even offered a bounty on her death. She finally escaped to Sweden in 1994 to become a full time writer and activist. She is active on Twitter at @TaslimaNasreen.
This new performance of ‘Episode For Taslima Nasrin’ brings out the collective strength of the Serial Sessions Players. The poignant harmonies are re-voiced for this more intimate group of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, bass, drums. The smaller instrumentation of this version coaxes nuggets of improvisational moments out of each musician. We know you’ll love it. Download now.
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A note from Dave:
Some of you will remember it as the opening track on Greenleaf’s first release, Mountain Passages. This is a considerable re-orchestration of the piece, featuring group improvisation with an ensemble of dear Greenleaf family members: Rudy Royston on drums, Linda Oh on bass, Frank Woeste on piano, Ryan Keberle on trombone, and Chet Doxas on clarinet.
Each piece in the Serial Sessions will feature a different musician. I wrote 7 new pieces for this series, and picked some repertory of mine that I felt would resonate with the concept. For example, in November, you will receive a new recording of the song November, which was originally released on my album Freak In.
In September, to mark a new season of the Festival Of New Trumpet Music, we will release an unrecorded composition of mine that is dedicated to the late Kenny Wheeler. It is called From Thin Air. Stick around for this and plenty more new tracks that will be collected in this series.
Sign up now to get your track every month. The recording session was literally last week. I am so thrilled to get this new music to you in this format. It’s a joy to work in new and unexpected formats, and to have Greenleaf Music as a support structure to get it to you. I hope you will enjoy it all: the series, the band, the compositions. And I hope you will spread the word so that more people will hear it. I am relying on all of your for your interest and support to construct and support this revolutionary music company.
2015 will bring a new Donny McCaslin album, a new electric project from me called High Risk, a new recording by my Quintet, and a very special large ensemble recording I created last year in collaboration with Monash Art Ensemble, in Mellbourne, Auastralia. Other projects are also in development.
By taking part as a subscriber, you will be sure not to miss any of the 2015 Serial Sessions. Thanks for listening.
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We are very excited about the upcoming year. New releases from Donny McCaslin and Dave Douglas are in sight as we begin to celebrate our 10th year of operation! One of the things that has set Greenleaf Music apart since 2005 is our Subscriber Series. The Subscriber Series has offered a great way to interact with our artists, keeping you up to date on their latest and most compelling work. It’s also a way to gain access to rare and unreleased material through digital downloads and gives an unprecedented glimpse into each artist’s process.
In 2015 we wanted to do something really special on our 10th anniversary: we recorded an album exclusively for our Subscribers. The band is made of Greenleaf Music Alumni (Dave Douglas on trumpet, Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Ryan Keberle on trombone, Frank Woeste on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums) and is 12 tracks long. Kneebody will be contributing an exclusive live track to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their release on Greenleaf, Break Me. This music will only be available on our website (greenleafmusic.com) and will be released one track a month for 12 months. As a subscriber you will have access to super high quality (24/88.2 for the nerds. That’s better than a CD!) downloads of each track as well as behind the scenes pictures and interviews from the recording session. As always, every Subscriber has access to the proprietary Greenleaf Cloud Player that houses every minute of every record (and more) that has ever been released on Greenleaf Music. There is no better time than now to become a Subscriber. In addition, Subscribers get 20% off every item at the Greenleaf Music Online Store and get the first look at new releases and even some leaked tracks!
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ANFTD’s first episode of 2015! Dave interviews Michael Bates about his new trio recording, Northern Spy. They cover topics including playing very slow, the influence of the blues and Michael’s work with Quinsin Nachoff. Dave reflects on 2014 and talks about George Clinton’s autobiography.
Music featured on this episode:
Northern Spy-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Bean-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Days of Wine and Roses-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Great Exhibition-Michael Bates’ Outside Sources “Clockwise” (Greenleaf Music)
Essex House-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Ride On-Parliment “Chocolate City” (Casablanca)
Sugah Daddy-D’Angelo “Black Messiah” (RCA Records)
This Is My Father’s World-Dave Douglas “Be Still” (Greenleaf Music)
As we move through 2015 we want to take a moment to reflect on all the great music that we’ve been lucky enough to release over the past 10 years.
Donny McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion (preview and buy) shares its fourth anniversary (on January 25) as Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages. Not to be overshadowed by that or by Donny’s subsequent projects, this “fiercely contemporary and exploratory” (JazzTimes) with its “hard-hitting funk vamps and percolating polyrhythm” (AllAbout Jazz) sets the stage for 2012’s electro-jazz excitement of Casting for Gravity as well as his next release, Fast Future. Check it out! #TBT #Greenleaf10
No saxophonist is more deserving of wider recognition than McCaslin, and this acoustic-electric effort may be his best yet. It’s bop, it’s funk, and it’s rock, all in one. – Steve Greenlee, The Boston Globe
If you’re in the Boston area don’t miss Donny at Regatta Bar on February 12th at 7:30 pm for one set. He’ll be playing with Jason Lindner on keyboards, Matt Clohesy on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums in a pre-release effort for his upcoming record Fast Future on Greenleaf Music. Get your tickets here before they run out!
Greenleaf Music celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2015. It seems like only yesterday–much less ten years ago–that Dave Douglas and Mike Friedman founded the company together.
Greenleaf was born of a desire to make and distribute music in a different way, to provide a new platform for Dave’s work as well as for artists he wants to showcase, and to create a community of like-minded fans to discover and enjoy that music. Since 2005 we’re proud to have released over 40 different projects: countless albums from Dave Douglas, as well as artists Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Nicole Mitchell, Curtis MacDonald, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Riverside and Ryan Keberle.
As the year passes, we’ll be focusing on our new projects (from Donny McCaslin on March 31 as well as from Dave’s new band High Risk in the summer and his famed Quintet in the Fall). We’ll also remember the company’s previous releases, especially the first three: Kneebody’s Break Me and Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages and Keystone. We want to get this music in to your hands, so we’re celebrating with a sale (more on that below).
As a special treat for our loyal subscribers, we’ll also be recording a band of Greenleaf alumni and giving the tracks away as part of our subscription series. Dave, Chet Doxas, Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston recorded new originals written by Dave earlier this week. Also, Kneebody is recording a new version of the Shane Endsley tune Break Me in honor of the 10th anniversary of their release. We’ll post the first track soon!
“Greenleaf is a family name that goes back at least four centuries. I wanted the label to have a sense of family, both in the way we treat recordings and in the way we deal with artists. You can sit around and gripe about the music industry ’til you’re blue in the face or you can do it yourself and act on what you believe in.”
-Dave Douglas, 2005
The first record on Greenleaf Music was Dave’s Mountain Passages, released ten years ago today. The New York Times wrote that it’s “a cross between the energetic Balkan-tinged improvisation heard in Mr. Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio and the hushed dynamics of another of his bands, Charms of the Night Sky…a provocative groove and vamp, and a style of ensemble playing that’s dynamically hushed but emotionally hot.”
The ensemble, NOMAD, was formed to play music inspired by the myths and the spirit of rural mountain culture. The instrumentation of trumpet, clarinet, cello, tuba and percussion are envisioned as an imaginary traveling band, and their first performances took place high in the Italian Dolomites as part of the festival I Suoni delle Dolomitti. Partially inspired by his love of world folk music, NOMAD also carries the spirit of jazz that informs all of Dave’s music. Mountain Passages is a profound and playful mix that veers between the solemnity of solitary contemplation and the drunken debauchery of ecstatic celebration. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this work, take the opportunity now!
We’re offering a physical copy of Mountain Passages for $8 and a digital download for $5 at the Greenleaf Music Online Store for 1 week celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its release.
We’re excited to have shared ten years of great music with all of you and look forward to celebrating it all again this year.
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