ANFTD #4: Miles Okazaki

Posted by: jim on May 13, 2013 @ 2:03 pm
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Dave Douglas and Michael Bates host a conversation with American guitarist Miles Okazaki about how nature informs structure in his music, Dave talks about his Greenleaf Music record label, and the music of Herbie Nichols is spotlighted.

Here we are already posting Episode 4 of A Noise From The Deep, Greenleaf Music Podcast! Michael and I have a lot of fun making these, and it’s a pleasure to hear and talk about the music. This episode features the brilliant guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki. Go pick up his music if you haven’t heard it.

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Thanks and happy listening.

Dave

Audio from this episode:

Intro: A Noise From the Deep – Dave Douglas & Keystone (Greenleaf Music)
Dozens – Miles Okazaki (Sunnyside)
Spiral – Miles Okazaki (Sunnyside)
Bach Cello Suite #4 in Eb BWV 1010 performed by Pablo Casals (EMI Classics)
Overture – Miles Okazaki (Sunnyside)
Loom – Miles Okazaki (Sunnyside)
Go-Go (Theme and Re-Introduction) – Miles Davis (Columbia)
Dozens – Miles Okazaki (Sunnyside)
Lymph Swag (Dance of the Leukocytes) – Steve Coleman
Come to Jesus – Dave Douglas Quintet (previously unreleased, Greenleaf Music)
Argumentative – Herbie Nichols trio (Bethlehem Records)
The Gig – Herbie Nichols trio (Blue Note)

Personnel:

Miles’ band on all his tracks is: Miguel Zenon-saxophone, Miles Okazaki-guitar, Thomas Morgan-bass, Dan Weiss-drums
The Steve Coleman track is from “Functional Arrhythmias” (PI recordings) Steve Coleman- saxophone, Jonathan Finlayson-trumpet, Miles Okazaki-guitar, Anthony Tidd-bass, Sean Rickman-drums
Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Davis-trumpet, George Coleman-saxophone, Herbie Hancock-piano, Ron Carter-bass, Tony Williams-drums
Herbie Nichols trio: Herbie Nichols-piano, Al McKibbon-bass, Max Roach-drums.

Explanations from Miles

1) An intervallic pathway visualization, connecting pentatonics (guitar, baby!), whole tone scales, and diminished 7th chords in a big modulating lattice. 2) The type of natural structure I got the idea from, something called "quasicrystals."

1) An intervallic pathway visualization, connecting pentatonics (guitar, baby!), whole tone scales, and diminished 7th chords in a big modulating lattice.
2) The type of natural structure I got the idea from, something called “quasicrystals.”

3) A rhythmic cycle visualization, where each "generation" of the rhythm is similar to the previous one, but more detailed, following a growth pattern from nature. 4) A Passion Flower, which has a similar kind of geometry.

3) A rhythmic cycle visualization, where each “generation” of the rhythm is similar to the previous one, but more detailed, following a growth pattern from nature.
4) A Passion Flower, which has a similar kind of geometry.

1 Comment

  1. Que música tan increible la de Dave Douglas.

    Comment by Ricardo Ordóñez — May 14, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

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