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In the early winter of 2011, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas convened an informal recording session in Brooklyn with his group Brass Ecstasy. They were to record the first volume in a string of digital releases that Douglas dubbed the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS). Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 1: Rare Metals finds Douglas — the indefatigably prolific composer — adding five new compositions and a new arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s, Lush Life, to an ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy music book.
Rare Metals is the digital followup to the live recording United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport recorded at the 2010 Newport Festival and released late April 2011. Utilizing the same personnel that wowed crowds at Newport and around the world, the all-brass-plus-drums lineup balances Douglas’ music between delicate, dynamic chamber-bop (Safeway, My Old Sign), and drunken, riotous revelry (Town Hall, Night Growl). Six tracks in total. Clocking in just over 40 minutes, Rare Metals feels urgent and immediate.
“I liked the idea of streaming the music directly to listeners, and it seemed that CD length might not be the best representative in the new medium,” explains Douglas. “Also the idea of shorter, more informal sessions appealed to me as it harked back to the way jazz records used to be made. The GPS gave me an outlet for a lot of new tunes and presented me with a way to record with some musicians I really admire but would rarely get to play with.”
Personnel: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; and Nasheet Waits, drums
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As we re-celebrate the Brass Ecstasy performance at Newport last year with the release of United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport, we are also gearing up for the first release in a new digital-only series called the Greenleaf Portable Series. This cut is the studio version of the song United Front, and a bonus track from the first GPS session. Available in MP3 and FLAC formats.This content is for members only.