Recent Releases

High Risk
Dave Douglas
RELEASE DATE: 2015-06-23
The thing we call jazz and the thing we call electronic music are both fundamentally concerned with newness. Each follows its own particular, seemingly mutually exclusive path of discovery and creation, its own process toward realizing something where before there was nothing: on one hand, through the dynamic, unpredictable, in-the-moment spiritual alchemy of improvisation; on the other hand, through a meticulous, creatively probing exploration and inventive interrogation of technology’s constantly evolving potential. HIGH RISK is all at once a new musical ensemble – a highly …MORE
Fast Future
Donny McCaslin
RELEASE DATE: 2015-03-03
The only thing predictable about Donny McCaslin’s first ten albums was their unpredictability. Each new release arrived with a new line-up and not infrequently a new direction, often providing the perpetually curious saxophonist/composer with fertile new ground to explore. On the surface, what makes McCaslin’s latest release, Fast Future (available March 31, 2015 on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music), something of a radical departure from his usual M.O., is that it reprises the stunning electro-acoustic quartet from its groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed predecessor, Casting for Gravity …MORE
Into the Zone
Ryan Keberle
RELEASE DATE: 2014-09-30
Most jazz musicians avoid repetition dogmatically. But when Ryan Keberle realized he’d been playing the same eight-note phrase in all his recent warm-ups, the trombonist embraced his inclination. “As I started playing it more and more, I realized I wasn’t thinking of anything else,” he says. “You can reach a real state of mindfulness through repetition.” Keberle built the phrase into “Without a Thought,” the complex but gracefully flowing centerpiece of his new album, Into the Zone. It’s his first for Greenleaf Music—and arguably the most personal document yet from a trombonist and …MORE
In the Ivory
Matt Ulery
RELEASE DATE: 2014-09-16
Expanding upon the artistic and critical success of his 2012 double album By a Little Light, Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery returns with In the Ivory on Dave Douglas’ acclaimed independent label Greenleaf Music – eighty minutes of resplendent, lyrical, transportive, and impeccably performed chamber-jazz music. Inspired and motivated by the musical and personal relationships developed while recording and performing By a Little Light–Ulery’s most ambitious project to date–In the Ivory explores the idea of consciousness through patient, lyrical composition. At a time when classical …MORE
Present Joys
Dave Douglas / Dave Douglas & Uri Caine
RELEASE DATE: 2014-07-22
Order CD/LP/Digital “An interesting format to hear jazz musicians perform in. Exposed, risky and with the potential to go in any number of directions.” London Jazz News   “[A] beautiful new album of duets.” Richard Scheinin 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, …MORE
Riverside
Dave Douglas
RELEASE DATE: 2014-04-15
Riverside puts a contemporary stamp on small group improvisation while evoking the dynamic ensembles led by clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. The quartet, co-led by Dave Douglas and clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow, bass (a former member of Giuffre’s celebrated trio) and Jim Doxas, drums. Riverside blends a love for improvised music, bluegrass, sacred hymns and Appalachian music to create an aesthetic rooted in Americana and jazz. The quartet aims to show their appreciation and respect for the late reedsman and composer, but …MORE

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