"The strength of the quintet," Douglas argues, "is a testament to the health of the current jazz scene. It’s turning into a really rich environment of growth and inspiration in the music." Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed Be Still, Dave Douglas and his label Greenleaf Music release Time Travel, an all-instrumental follow-up to the album Stereophile called "one of the best-sounding new recordings [we]'ve heard by anybody in quite a while." Even with the identical personnel - the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the …MORE
"...a courageous, powerful musical statement.”-Huffington Post "tightly composed, genre-splintered, synth-fueled mayhem" -TimeOut New York Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes a bold leap forward with his tenth album as a leader, Casting for Gravity. McCaslin's gargantuan tenor sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through in the ferocious grooves and electronic textures of keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. Couching his trademark gift for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica-inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock …MORE
AboutThe new album by label-owner Dave Douglas who describes the title, Be Still, as "aspirational." The continually evolving trumpeter and composer settles down for a ballad-like set that presents a series of hymns and folk songs with an intensely personal connection. Be Still brings out the most lyrical side of Douglas, and introduces both a newly configured Quintet — Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston — and an important new collaborator, vocalist Aoife O'Donovan.
Top 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (all genres) by NPR Music Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2012 by NPR's A Blog Supreme Top 10 Albums of 2012 by Chicago Tribune "one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings of this year — or any other. This magical, profoundly musical release embraces more aesthetic influences than one might have thought a cohesive recording could." —Chicago Tribune ★★★★ 1/2 -Downbeat "a masterpiece of grand vision and soaring compositions." —eMusic Even during a time when eclectic tastes are becoming the norm and a vast …MORE
"Her music leans forward at you. She has a percussive touch, graceful and sometimes aggressive, and she likes playing fast, walking or soloing or delivering a jagged ostinato. She’s justifying the role of bassist as bandleader, starting the tunes, pushing the band, delivering clean, strong rhythm and melody." With her debut CD, Entry, bassist/composer Linda Oh asserted herself as a unique new voice on the modern jazz scene. On her follow-up, Initial Here, Oh draws deeply upon her rich cultural heritage and broad range of inspirations to further define her musical …MORE