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The Serial Sessions: Persistence of Memory

posted by russell on August 27, 2015 @ 6:31 pm
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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The seventh track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Persistence of Memory. This track features great solos from Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste who weighs in on the recording experience here:

When asked by Greenleaf to write a short comment on recording Persistence of Memory I was at a small jazz festival in Burgundy, France and although I remember the recording session very well I could not really identify this specific song. Naturally I was eager to listen to it again, 6 months after recording this song in New York .

I remember this particular recording session seemed like a challenge at first: recording 12 songs in one day, with no rehearsal and with musicians I had of course heard of but never played with. Needless to say it worked out great and it was fun playing his music and meeting everybody on this recording! This says a lot about Dave’s approach to composing, it’s very down to the point, you don’t need to rehearse a song for days to make it sound. He also leaves a lot of space for improvisation which makes it sound fresh. I also noted that many times Dave would write a bass line or melody and leave it to the piano to find the right harmony. I definitely liked that idea!

Listening to this track again I was immediately struck by the fact that it takes only about 2 seconds to recognize the music of Dave Douglas, his way to compose music and his sound on the trumpet. It’s that one thing all jazz musicians thrive for, to have a voice that’s unique. Although Persistance of Memory is originally on Dave Douglas In Our Lifetime album from 1993 it could have been written in 2015!

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the songs that’ll be released September through December.

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The Serial Sessions: Cooked Chicken Dance

posted by russell on July 14, 2015 @ 12:18 am
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Cooked Chicken Dance is the 6th Subscriber track from the Serial Sessions of 2015! Dave has some thoughts about the track below:

Cooked Chicken Dance was originally written for a special trio concert in Trentino with cellist Hank Roberts and banjo player Noam Pikelny, of the Punch Brothers. Ryan Keberle plays a beautiful solo here, and makes the most of all the rhythmic changes that switch between 3 and 4 beats per bar. It’s a thrill to hear Frank, Linda, and Rudy bring so much brilliance and light to this version. I can’t remember why the song has this title. But I think I was writing it in the summer and was putting the finishing touches on it right before dinner.

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The Serial Sessions: Skyscrapers

posted by russell on June 5, 2015 @ 6:10 pm
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Your 5th subscriber track of the year is here! Reedman Chet Doxas talks about recording Skyscrapers:

I’m writing this at the Bronx Zoo and just said out loud, with my ear buds in,  ”hey, that sounds like a Dave Douglas tune!” Feeling inspired by the uniqueness and clarity of Dave’s composing, I decided to find out a little more about Skyscrapers and texted Dave to ask if he could explain the meaning of the title (see below for his description, it’s inspiring)

The idea for the tune came years ago, when I first came to NY. I wrote a poem about an experience I had walking on 34th Street. I was intimidated by the bustling crowds and all the competition. The skyscrapers at dusk kind of reminded me of the hustle, and then, as I walked down 34th, the moon emerged from behind one of them and I realized how very small those buildings were in comparison. Kind of put the whole thing in perspective.

I never found a use for the poem or the image, until you and I were working on Riverside and we played Giuffre’s tune, The Train and The River. This felt like a 21st century update of the feeling in that title.

Because we moved so swiftly through this day of recording, it makes it particularly interesting for me to listen back to these tracks every month. I couldn’t say that I remembered recording this piece specifically but, it certainly came flooding back to me within the first five seconds of listening. As anybody who has played with Dave will tell you, his compositions always sound great the first time you play through them and, because he’s so good at getting to the point of each compositional idea, it keeps everyone who’s performing the material fired up and engaged in a fresh sounding way. This is especially obvious by the great solos played by Ryan Keberle and Rudy Royston. Being new in town, I had never met either of them and was blown away by their playing. I’ve have since had the pleasure of listening to them on several occasions and am always excited about how committed they are to interacting with each other while, at the same time, having such command of their instruments and ideas.

I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we enjoyed performing and recording it. While listening, try to picture how much fun we were all having; great pieces and direction from Dave, several new musical meetings among the group, no rehearsals…a kind of “jam session” feel to the whole day.

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The Serial Sessions: Break Me

posted by russell on April 29, 2015 @ 5:29 pm
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If you are a Greenleaf Subscriber you are now able to download your exclusive track for April from Kneebody. We have a bootleg video of Kneebody from their recent tour performing a tune off of their Greenleaf release called “Break Me.” We’re including the original studio version from 10 years ago so you can compare how things have changed and how things have stayed the same for the Kneebody crew. Be sure to check them out this summer in Canada and in Rhode Island. Details here.

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The Serial Sessions: Hypatia

posted by russell on April 3, 2015 @ 8:43 am
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Spring is having a hard time getting out of bed, but the Subscriber Series can help! The Serial Sessions track for March is Hypatia, and trombonist Ryan Keberle weighs in on the track:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

However, with all that being said (and I could go on!) what always first comes to mind when I think about Wayne Shorter is the following story from my days as an undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music studying with the legendary trombonist, Steve Turre.  I was in the final stages of preparing for my graduation recital for which I had programmed the Wayne Shorter tune, “Nefertiti.” The chord progression on “Nefertiti” as it’s played by the Miles Davis Quintet is ambiguous, at best, and in those early days of the internet when Google wasn’t the all-knowing resource it is today, Steve and I decided to turn to the primary source in our quest for the original chord progression. Steve called Wayne one afternoon and Wayne picked up on the first try. After a bit of small talk Steve explained our dilemma and asked Wayne if he wouldn’t mind reciting the chords to us on his tune, “Nefertiti.” With no hesitation Wayne said, “Man, we weren’t playing chords on that tune, we were playing COLORS!”

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