ANFTD #49: Evan Parker

Posted by: robyn on March 14, 2018 @ 11:02 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

A Noise From The Deep, the Greenleaf Music Podcast, is proud to present this conversation with Evan Parker, one of the most important saxophonists, composers, and musical thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Evan talks about his early musical experiences in, and out of, botany school, as well as his development of solo performance and his compositions for large ensembles of improvisers. Thanks to The Royal Academy of Music in London and its director Nick Smart for facilitating this discussion in front of a live audience.

Photos here are from the performance of Eight Elements of Change, by Dave Douglas, in January 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music, and featuring every one of its students. Thanks to photographer Simon Jay Price for the shots!

Titan Moon
Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink

Sankt Gerold Variation 1
Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips

Karyōbin Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Evan Parker – Soprano Saxophone
Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Derek Bailey – Electric Guitar
Dave Holland – Bass
John Stevens – Drums


Evan Parker – Soprano Saxophone
Roscoe Mitchell – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Anders Svanoe – Alto Saxophone
John Rangecroft – Clarinet
Neil Metcalfe – Flute
Corey Wilkes – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nils Bultmann – Viola
Philipp Wachsmann – Violin
Marcio Mattos – Cello
Craig Taborn – Piano
Jaribu Shahid – Double-Bass
Barry Guy – Double-Bass
Tani Tabbal – Drums, Percussion
Paul Lytton – Drums, Percussion

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New Sound Prints vinyl for Record Store Day

Posted by: mark on March 12, 2018 @ 1:59 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a Sound Prints 7″ vinyl 45!

Featuring two tracks additional tracks that appear on the group’s upcoming CD release Scandal, this limited edition disc on emerald green vinyl will be a special release for Record Store Day on April 21st!

The disc features Joe Lovano’s new original “On Pebble Street” as well as an alternate take of the album’s title track composed by Dave Douglas.

Check out the details on this release here and find the full list of releases here.

Call your local record shop or check here to find participating stores.

Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this exclusive item. Record Store Day only has 300 copies available!


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Hear ‘The Corner Tavern’ from Scandal now!

Posted by: mark on March 9, 2018 @ 8:21 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh

Today we’re releasing the third single, The Corner Tavern, from the upcoming Sound Prints album Scandal!

Check out the behind-the-scenes studio video on Youtube.

When you pre-order the album now on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and you’ll receive three tracks instantly!

Stream it via Spotify and preview via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

The group is co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter  Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, and includes pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

The album will be released worldwide on April 6! Look for tour dates in the US and Europe to be announced soon!

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UPLIFT Update from Dave Douglas

Posted by: mark on March 5, 2018 @ 3:18 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Subscriber News, Subscriptions


Every Town is the third track released on this new series. Really hoping folks will subscribe and check out this new music. I will be printed on CDs at the end of the year and by subscribing, you will get one. As well as hearing each track as it is released. The serial release is definitely part of the creative vision for this music for me.

UPLIFT brings together my care and concern for our country, with composition and improvisation for a new and bold team of musicians. Joe Lovano plays tenor, clarinet, and flute. Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage play guitars. Bill Laswell plays bass. Ian Chang plays drums and electronics. It was recorded and mixed by longtime Greenleaf associate Tyler McDiarmid.

This is a full on new studio release for me and I couldn’t be more proud. What’s more, it addresses social issues that I feel are of paramount importance. It’s my small way of doing my part, and pointing in the direction of organizations doing crucial work. We can’t get discouraged. There is too much work to do. Won’t you join me in supporting:

Brennan Center
National Committee on Pay Equity
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
NY Common Pantry

More music and more topics to come in the months ahead. Thank you.

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UPLIFT | Three: Every Town

Posted by: robyn on March 1, 2018 @ 11:11 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads, Subscriber News, UPLIFT


Responding to the current political and social climate of the United States and beyond, the UPLIFT Subscriber Series features twelve new Dave Douglas compositions for a new sextet that features Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Bill Laswell and Ian Chang. Challenging himself, and all of us to consider how we can contribute to positive change in our communities, we’re releasing a new track each month throughout 2018. Each piece highlights a specific social cause and references organizations doing important work.

Every Town is a powerful organization pleading for common sense gun controls in the United States. Action on this issue is so over due it is simply heartbreaking. This week we have been hearing from teenage survivors of a school shooting in Florida. We must listen and change our ways. We must give them the space and support to force change at the electoral level. We cannot continue to accept military weapons freely flowing in our streets. There are powerful organizations working on this issue. I hope you will join me in supporting them.

Ana Grace Project named for the daughter of Nelba Marquez-Greene and Jimmy Greene. They bring great resources to schools and communities across the country. Their motto: Love Wins.

Everytown for Gun Safety is closely allied with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Both are indispensable in making this issue heard in the corridors of power. They will be pushing for teenagers and families to be heard during this crucial time for change.

Join the campaign for sensible gun safety laws and politicians who are brave enough to support them. The struggle continues in the ballot box this November. Let’s do everything we can to love and support our families, friends and communities.

– Dave

This content is for members only.
Greenleaf Subscribers can stream and download all of the tracks from the UPLIFT series on Bandcamp.

If you’re a Greenleaf Subscriber and you haven’t already redeemed your Bandcamp code for this series, go here.

Click here to learn more about the UPLIFT Subscriber Series. Program notes can be found here.

If you’d like to join us a subscriber, visit our Bandcamp subscription page here.

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Uri Caine & Dave Douglas tour Europe

Posted by: mark on February 26, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine

Dave Douglas and Uri Caine are taking their trumpet-piano duo project on the road in Europe.

From February 27 to March 10 they will perform new compositions as well as music from their recent album Present Joys.

See out out there!


02.27 Filharmonie Brno | Brno, Czech Republic | Details
03.01 Auditorium San Nicolo | Chioggia, Italy | Details
03.02 Auditorium Parco della Musica | Rome, Italy | Details
03.03 Piacenza Jazz Fest – Auditorium del Conservatorio G. Nicolini | Piacenza, Italy | Details
03.04 Teatro Del Popolo | Castel Fiorentino, Italy | Details
03.05 MODO Ristorante | Salerno, Italy | Details
03.06 Espace Vauban, Brest, France | Details
03.07 Le Cheval Blanc | Schiltigheim, France | Details
03.08 Philharmonie Luxembourg | Luxembourg | Details
03.10 La Spirale | Fribourg, Switzerland | Details

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Listen to ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ now!

Posted by: mark on February 23, 2018 @ 11:28 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

The second single from the upcoming Sound Prints album Scandal is available now!

Listen to the group’s rendition of Fee Fi Fo Fum, composed by the great Wayne Shorter and arranged by Dave Douglas.

Stream it via Spotify and preview via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

The group is co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter  Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, and includes pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

Pre-order the album now on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and you’ll receive ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ and ‘Dream State’ instantly!

And watch for tour dates to be announced soon!

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Dave Douglas on Monk and Dizzy

Posted by: mark on February 21, 2018 @ 5:06 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Uncategorized

Ahead of this weekend’s Dizzy Atmosphere shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we’re sharing a piece that Dave Douglas wrote on the musical legacies of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk which appeared in the Swiss magazine Jazz N More.

One Hundred Years of Hiptitude: Monk and Dizzy

I like to hear the voices of musicians talking about the how and why of the music. After spending so much time listening to Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, I feel particularly lucky to have Dizzy’s memoir, To Be Or Not…To Bop. It’s a profound source about his life and work, as well as the words of his friends, family and many of the musicians. Monk left no such memoir that I know of, and seemed to be man of few words. But his interview in Art Taylor’s Notes and Tones, as well as the biography by Robin D.G. Kelley and the film ’Straight no Chaser,’ give a sense of the relationship of his work to his life, and one thing is very clear. These were really different guys. As a young musician, only familiar with their music, this would have surprised me.

The way the musicians tell it, Monk and Dizzy landed independently on a new conception of harmony in the mid to late 1930s. They did it in very different ways. Both born in the Carolinas in October 1917, they converged with their solutions in New York by the early 1940s.

Dizzy, an acolyte of Roy Eldridge who emerged with an original sound under multiple swing era band leaders says, “Our influence on one another’s music is so closely related that Monk doesn’t actually know what I showed him. But I do know some of the things he showed me.” Monk’s approach developed outside any specific system of training or pedagogy, on tour with vaudeville acts and religious tent shows. He was undocumented on record until 1944, and so seemed to emerge fully formed. By 1947 he was ready to record the bulk of his wildly inventive original compositions for Blue Note.

Both acknowledged Charlie Parker as a third pillar in the evolution of this new harmonic approach. Both also mentioned the drummer Kenny Clark as a crucial catalyst in changing the rhythmic feel of the new music. Of course there are many others who played important roles. And the music also had its detractors. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In high school (age 15 or so) I attempted to write an essay proving that Parker was sole true originator. It was an absolute nonsense idea that ended unceremoniously in a failing grade. Pointless. But it did lead me to a lot of music, and both Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie as composers and improvisers have been pole stars for me ever since. And not just their music, but their influence on generations of musicians who have come after, influencing me. There is something about the music of both men that contains the nuts and bolts of learning to improvise, that’s about learning a distinctive compositional language, about learning to think, and live, like a creative artist.

I often thought of Monk as primarily a composer and Dizzy primarily as a performer. That idea is also wrong.

For me, learning the Monk songbook, the core 70 compositions, was what lead me to a greater appreciation of him as a player. I think of the Monk works as analogous to the collection of Bach’s Chorales. Each one takes a simple text and proposes a sophisticated solution, worked over ingeniously throughout the piece. Each one uses the foundational principles of melody, harmony and rhythm to define a new, richly lived musical space that often defies the standard uses of melodic intervals, phrase lengths, harmonic resolutions, and rhythmic flow. To me, the pieces are so convincingly whole because you can play them over and over and find new details each time. Monk did. He paraphrased the melody in almost every moment of his solos. It’s one of the things that makes him a such a powerful and recognizable player.

For me, the overwhelming virtuosity of Dizzy’s improvisations carry daunting lessons (still do). But maybe it is his use of melody to ’spell’ harmony (thus opening the door to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and generations up to this very day) that led me to reexamine his work as a composer, arranger and band leader. With Dizzy, there’s a warmth of spirit pervading every performance, a generous welcoming of alternative sources of music, and an almost perverse sense of humor used to disarm the squares and the unsuspecting.

The one thing they found at the same time — changing jazz through its use — was the tritone. My feeling is that Dizzy Gillespie arrived at the ‘flatted fifth’ though melodic variation, whereas Monk got to the ‘raised fourth’ though harmonic invention. They both found ways to re-harmonize popular song forms using harmonies based on the use of the flatted fifth / raised fourth. Tritone substitutions became one of the hallmarks of the new sound, and many of their signature compositions used this device in various ways.

In his book, Dizzy mentions that Monk showed him the minor flat five chord. He referred to it as a minor triad with the sixth in the bass. So that would be like Eb minor over C, essentially creating a minor seventh chord with a flatted fifth. When followed by an F7b9 chord, this created an important advance in harmonic voice leading in jazz. Dizzy used this device early on to compose ‘Algo Bueno’ (also known as ‘Woody ’N You’) and ‘Manteca.’ Monk used it in one of his earliest and best known pieces, written with Cootie Williams, ‘Round Midnight.’

For explicit use of the interval itself, just look at the first bars of Dizzy’s ‘Salt Peanuts’ or the melody of Monk’s well-titled ‘Raise Four.’

I was riding in the car a few days ago, listening to a collection of Dizzy’s music I put together. ‘In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee,’ the song Mary Lou Williams wrote for Dizzy’s 1949 band, came on. One of my friends said, almost to himself, “That’s the most bebop thing I’ve ever heard.” There it is, the tritone hard at work!

Whether it’s ‘Crepuscule With Nellie’ or ‘A Night In Tunisia,’ Dizzy and Monk define a time and transcend it. Their profound reinvention of form, of rhythm, harmony and melody put them in the pantheon of great creators. I feel like without them, it would be difficult, maybe impossible, to learn to play song-based improvised music. I am grateful to have them in my life.

And I wish Misha Mengelberg, profound Monk devotee, were still around because he would disagree with everything I have said here, including this sentence.

Dave Douglas, New York, October 2017.

The world premiere of Dizzy Atmosphere takes place in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 23 and 24. Dave Douglas will be joined by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

There are 7:00pm and 9:30pm sets both nights. Tickets are available here.

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Dave Douglas premieres Dizzy Atmosphere at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted by: mark on February 7, 2018 @ 2:22 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas is premiering a new project dedicated to the great Dizzy Gillespie at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 23 and 24.

Joining Dave for this engagement is an ensemble of outstanding artists: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer (and Gillespie alum) Joey Baron.

As Dave says,  “I can’t say enough how happy I am to have been able to create this band. I think they are uniquely suited to taking the traditional elements and setting out on a new musical journey with them,” Douglas said of the musicians he assembled for this program. “I called Ambrose Akinmusire first because, in addition to loving his work and playing, I knew we would see eye to eye about the challenges of taking up Dizzy.  Bill Frisell, Gerald Clayton, Linda May Han Oh, Joey Baron — this is a dream rhythm section, and especially as we take more traditional repertoire into new territory, each one of them has unique experiences that make this possible. I am thrilled to take a walk in zero gravity with all of these champions.”

The group will play two shows nightly using Gillespie repertoire as a starting point for improvisation and exploration.

Regarding Gillespie, Dave notes: “Dizzy Gillespie was always a peace maker, always the one advancing the music in profound new ways, through understanding and curiosity. In so many different areas, Dizzy was there first it seems – bebop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, hiring young John Coltrane, and global ambassadorship in many guises. And he ran for president in 1964. This is my first tribute to a United States presidential candidate.

Don’t miss the world premiere of this new project. See you there!


Friday, February 23, 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, February 24, 7:00pm and 9:30pm

Jazz At Lincoln Center – Appel Room
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023, USA

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Bill Frisell, guitar
Gerald Clayton, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Joey Baron, drums

Press release available here.

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New Sound Prints album to be released April 6!

Posted by: mark on February 2, 2018 @ 9:23 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Releases, Sound Prints

We’re excited to announce that the new Sound Prints album Scandal will be released on April 6.

Co-led by Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, Sound Prints is a passionately adventurous band that features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron. Inspired by the music of iconic saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, the quintet continually explores swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory.

The new album, which follows the group’s live debut in 2015, features nine originals by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new treatments of two classic Shorter compositions.

Check out the album’s lead track, Dream State, on Spotify.

Pre-order the album now on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and you’ll receive the lead track instantly!

And watch for tour dates to be announced soon!

Enjoy the music!

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