Riverside Released

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Riverside

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Happy to finally be able to share this recording! Riverside is the culmination of a long relationship with Chet Doxas, who I first met at The Banff Centre years ago. After a long study of the music of Jimmy Giuffre, Chet approached me about doing this project four or five years ago. At that time, I had already written about a dozen tunes thinking of the way the Jimmy Giuffre 3 played. Chet and I both approached the legacy of Giuffre’s music differently, and when we brought this music together, with Chet’s brother Jim on drums, and the legendary bassist Steve Swallow (who had a long musical relationship with Giuffre) on electric, there seemed to be a deep rapport that only intensified over the course of some gigs a couple years back. The record was made live in the studio with great engineer Steve Bellamy in the newly refurbished studios at Humber College in Toronto.

Now Greenleaf Music is proud to host the official release of this recording and put forth live shows this week in NYC, Cambridge, Quebec, and Toronto. There will be more performances this summer.

My compositions for this group are really about interplay with simple elements of melody, harmony and form. It is a pleasure to share the stage with these three giant musicians, and Riverside is a recording I am very proud of.

 


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Riverside Co-Leader Chet Doxas on Jimmy Giuffre

Posted by: Emily on April 14, 2014 @ 7:06 pm
Filed under: Riverside

In honor of the new Riverside album, co-leader Chet Doxas reflects on his favorite Jimmy Giuffre arrangements and compositions. Dave Douglas and Doxas formed the new collaborative project honoring the musical legacy of composer, bandleader, saxophonist and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. Riverside is out tomorrow!

“The Boy Next Door”
I always enjoy hearing Mr. Giuffre’s command and respect for the great songs that came before him. As an obvious lover of original melodies, I like to think that he especially enjoyed playing this one. Also, I believe that he chose carefully when deciding what standards he and his group were going to perform. This performance is from 1960 at Paris’ Olympia Theatre.

“Ictus”
This is one of several compositions by Carla Bley that Giuffre’s trio recorded in 1961. I love how timeless this piece and its performance is. I feel like this style of improvising is still so relevant today. Thanks to the brilliance of Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, the freshness hasn’t worn off.  Yet another great tune from Carla Bley, go figure!

“Mack the Knife”
Along with Jim Hall and Ray Brown, Jimmy Giuffre makes this special arrangement of Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife,” a real treat. The feel is so good that I never want the tune to end, and all of the written unison passages make me think of another one of Giuffre’s associates, the trombonist and arranger, Bob Brookmeyer.

“Western Suite 2 mvt, Apaches”
Similar to the first song on this playlist, I included this piece to highlight another one of Jimmy Giuffre’s compositional languages. His love of American folk melodies and his unique writing and arranging for his early trio of Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer. This style is a contribution to instrumental music that I think should be cherished.

“Jesus Maria”
Another composition by Carla Bley, this beautiful melody is still like nothing I’ve ever heard before. It’s such an original melody and the improvised solo section is something to take note of–amazing listening and contributions to enhancing the mood of the piece.

“The Train and the River”
Probably the most popular of Jimmy Giuffre’s western swing tunes, “The Train and the River” is a blast to play. We recorded it on Riverside. In fact, I think it was at the top of the list of Jimmy Giuffre tunes we wanted to take a stab at. Great playing from Mr. Giuffre on this track.

“The Song is You”
Another track from Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre, this one highlights Giuffre’s arranging talents. The band is quite a collection of all-stars including Bill Evans on piano and Warne Marsh on tenor saxophone. Giuffre is playing baritone saxophone on this cut. Again, listen for the unison writing, specifically the trombone and baritone saxophone. It makes me think of Bob Brookmeyer’s arranging and how much he favoured that sound.


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Riverside on Tour

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 7, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
Filed under: Riverside

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Rare dates with Steve Swallow and the Doxas brothers in support of our new release, Riverside! Come say hello in New York, Boston, Quebec City, and Toronto.

Really fun band, really fun record in homage to Jimmy Giuffre.

Riverside: Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas
TUE 15 APR Jazz Standard / New York, US Buy tickets
WED 16 APR Jazz Standard / New York, US Buy tickets
THU 17 APR Regatta Bar / Boston, US Buy tickets
FRI 18 APR Théâtre Petit Champlain / Quebec City, CA Buy tickets
SAT 19 APR The Rex / Toronto, CA Buy tickets

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Riverside

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 26, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Riverside

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Thrilled to be involved with this project and to present a new album on Greenleaf! “Riverside” was instigated by Chet Doxas, who invited me to contribute pieces in honor of Jimmy Giuffre. Pre-order for the new album is now open!

Riverside is a quartet featuring me, Chet, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Jim Doxas. Check out samples of the new record here. We will be touring and playing this music in April and in the summer. Hope to see you out there. Meanwhile, pick up the new recording and hear us doing the thing. You’ll be glad you did.


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 18: Mark Dresser

Posted by: Emily on March 13, 2014 @ 7:43 am
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Mark Dresser, a singular double bassist and composer, joins the ANFTD team to talk about his many projects: Telematics, his solo CD/DVD GUTS, playing with Anthony Braxton and Gerry Hemingway, and many other topics. Michael plays Dave a bunch of blues 45s from a vinyl box set.

Tracks in this episode:

Not Withstanding-Mark Dresser Quintet “Nourishments” (Clean Feed Records)
Telemotions-Mark Dresser, Myra Melford and Michael Dessen (live recording)
Ekoneni-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
K-tude #2-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
Bacahaonne-Mark Dresser “GUTS” (Kadima Collective)
Air to Mir-Mark Dresser “Marinade” (Tdzadik)
Touch Part 1-Morton Subotnick “Touch/Jacob’s Room”  (Wergo)
#158 (+96) +401-Anthony Braxton Quartet “Willisau” (Hat Art)
Devil’s Paradise-Gerry Hemingway Quartet “Devil’s Paradise (Clean Feed)
What God Can Do-Leon Pinson “The George Mitchell Collection” (Fat Possum Records)
Who’s Gonna Be Your Man-John Lee Ziegler “The George Mitchell Collection” (Fat Possum Records)


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Boulder Blog

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 5, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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John Gunther is creating a fantastic music program out at University of Colorado at Boulder. Trumpeter Brad Goode is there, too. Amazing player! I just had the opportunity to spend a week with all of them and was mesmerized by the creative energy and commitment going on on campus. I am enthusiastic about these great young players. Also got to meet and play with wonderful pianist and composer Art Lande, a real hero of American music.

We talked music: who’s listening to what, how to find new music, both one’s own and that of others. Also, is there any particular importance in playing music that is “new?” What do we mean when we use the word “authentic?” Interesting to think about and reexamine answers to these queries. How does learning the musical past impact the practice of one’s own music? I always feel that every individual answer to this is valid.

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Join us. Support the Artists and Access the Music

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 18, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Subscriptions

Dear Friends,

As you probably know, Greenleaf Music has offered a subscription plan for several years. What you may not know is how much unreleased music is available with your subscription!

I want to let you know that we are reviving the track-a-month additions to our Subscription Series. January featured the Dave Douglas Quintet playing “Garden State” live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. February features an extra track from Rudy Royston’s fantastic new CD, 303, called “Big Money.” The rest of this year will see extra tracks from Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, Matt Ulery, and additional tracks from yours truly, Dave Douglas.

Additionally, I selected an album length collection of exciting Dave Douglas Quintet recordings from Fall 2013. This collection features songs from the albums Be StillTime Travel and Pathways. It also features–aside from quintet members Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston–special cameo appearances from pianists Bobby Avey and Luis Perdomo.

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This new Dave Douglas Quintet Live Fall 2013 album will automatically become part of the Subscription Series. If you’re already a Level 2 or Level 3 subscriber, you know how to find it. Enjoy! And if you want to take advantage of all of this special music, please consider joining those who have access.

Subscriptions also include: special updates about Greenleaf Music activities, discounts at the store, the use of our proprietary Cloud Player to stream our entire catalog, as well as the potential for free tickets and backstage visits with the artists. Visit our subscriptions page to find out more.

Please consider joining us and hearing all this music. We appreciate the support.

Dave


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GPS, V2: Orange Afternoons

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The second volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Orange Afternoons features Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. This informal session in Brooklyn yielded six new Douglas compositions for this special quintet.

The album opener—The Gulf—begins delicately with Iyer rolling clusters and Gilmore frosting the spectrum with cymbals before the plaintive melody offers the first taste of the frontline of Douglas’ trumpet and Coltrane’s saxophone. Moving along, Valori Bollati—translated as Revenue Stamps—swings it’s way into gorgeous solos by Iyer and Oh. Solato features a simple harmonic figure floating on top of a deep groove laid down by Gilmore and Oh, and a solo from Douglas that culminates in a single long tone towering over a cymbal wash before fizzling back to the intro figure. All in all, the six tracks on this album feel immediate, with urgent playing from each of these stalwart musicians.

Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Vijay Iyer (piano), Linda Oh (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Recorded by Tyler Mcdiarmid and Geoff Countryman at 58 North Six Media Labs


Session Video: Orologi

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Video Slideshow: Solato

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Rare Metals.

Posted by: Dave Douglas on July 21, 2011 @ 9:05 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS)

Thanks to those of you who have picked up Rare Metals , Volume 1 from the Greenleaf Portable Series. Also thanks to all who have come out to the European shows going on right now and picking up the special flash drive containing both GPS Vols. 1 & 2.

A lot of Rare Metals was written during my residency at the Aaron Copland House. In particular Safeway, which was written as a response to the political violence in Tucson, Arizona which occurred the day I began my residency. Copland himself was constantly speaking to contemporary events and public engagement in his music, and I felt that influence, as well as some of his musical mannerisms, strongly as I composed.

During that month I also found myself engaged in a study of the music of Duke Ellington and as I rolled his music around in my mind this arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life emerged as something that could be potently voiced in brass. I thank the band also for deftly interpreting the re-arrangement.

Town Hall had been written the previous summer during the Tea Party uprisings of the same name. I went to a few of these meetings myself and saw the extremes of both patriotism and intolerance manifest. We live in interesting times.

Thread was written thinking of one of my musical idols, Henry Threadgill. His systems have always intrigued me and on the reissue of some of his great recordings last year I found myself thinking about his work its impact on current practice.

Night Growl was a chance to feature tubist Marcus Rojas, long the heroic purveyor of the vocalistic growl. Here he gets to work out on an unusual sort of blues. Those who have seen photos of my dog, Finley, should know that the initial inspiration lies therein.

And United Front, which I wrote during a tour with Brass Ecstasy, reflects the cohesive spirit and team play that has come define this band. We have a lot of fun playing this one, though this studio version is quite different than the one you’ll find on the album United Front: Live in Newport. Vive la difference.

Next up: GPS Vol. 2 with Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Marcus Gilmore, and myself.

Cheers.
Dave


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Photo Gallery: Tea For 3 at Como Jazz Festival

Posted by: jim on July 18, 2011 @ 7:42 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Events, Linda Oh (News), Photos, Tea For 3
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Tea For 3: Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Avishai Cohen (trumpets); Uri Caine (piano); Linda Oh (bass); Clarence Penn (drums).

Photos shot by Geoff Countryman at the Como Jazz Festival, 2011.


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