Riverside featuring Carla Bley tours Europe

Posted by: mark on November 7, 2017 @ 2:36 pm
Filed under: Artists, Chet Doxas, Dave Douglas

Riverside, co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Chet Doxas, is touring Europe in November with special guest Carla Bley.

The tour is in support of the group’s second record, The New National Anthem, which was released in June to widespread acclaim and features bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Jim Doxas,

While the ensemble did play a couple of concerts with the celebrated pianist and composer during their summer tour, this is their European debut.

Details:

11.17 Lugo, Spain | Festival de Jazz De Lugo | Details
11.18 Palermo, Italy | Real Teatro Santa Cecilia | Details
11.20 Paris, France | New Morning | Details
11.22 Berlin, Germany | Zig Zag Jazz ClubDetails
11.23 Munich, Germany | Unterfahrt JazzclubDetails
11.24 Schiltigheim, France | Jazzdor FestivalDetails
11.25 London, England | Pizza Express Jazz Club Details
11.27 Hannover, Germany | Jazzclub HannoverDetails
11.28 Foggia, Italy | Teatro Umberto GiordanoDetails
11.29 Madrid, Spain | Festival Jazz de MadridDetails

The New National Anthem is available at Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Metamorphosis | Perseus

Posted by: robyn on @ 10:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

Perseus. In which Dave gets to play with four of his heroes. Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Andrew Cyrille. What a dream come true. I’m humbled by these great improvisers—the dynamics in action here are astounding. I loved especially playing with fellow trumpeter Wadada on this session, the call and response both challenging and energizing. Coming around to Perseus (after starting in on Andromeda) feels like a call back to that earlier piece. This is the second to last piece in the series. Thanks for listening. And if you are just joining us, enjoy the whole suite!
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Greenleaf Subscribers can stream and download all of the tracks from the Metamorphosis 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 Metamorphosis Subscriber Series. Program notes can be found here.

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We’ve launched Bandcamp for Labels!

We’re excited to announce that we have launched our label page on Bandcamp!

Check out all of our releases by Dave Douglas, Ryan Keberle, Rudy Royston, Greg Ward, Donny McCaslin, Linda May Han Oh, Matt Ulery, Chris Robert Macdonald, Kneebody, Nicole Mitchell and Michael Bates.

And we’re moving our subscription service to Bandcamp as well to take advantage of all of the great features that they offer. Check it out here.

Have a look around and let us know what you think!

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Jazz Gallery benefit for Puerto Rico

Posted by: mark on October 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

Saxophonist Miguel Zenon has put together an amazing group of musicians who are coming together to present a benefit concert for the victims Puerto Rico’s Hurricane María.

The event will take place on November 1st at the Jazz Gallery in New York City.

The roster of confirmed musicians includes Peter Bernstein, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Marcus Gilmore, Larry Grenadier, Jon Irabagon, Branford Marsalis, Christian Mcbride, Luis Perdomo, Jorge Roeder, Rudy Royston, John Scofield and Bill Stewart.

Check the Jazz Gallery website for more details and get your tickets here.

All proceeds will go to the  Puerto Rico Recovery Fund.

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Little Giant Still Life press roundup

Posted by: mark on October 20, 2017 @ 1:44 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

Press for the the new Dave Douglas album Little Giant Still Life featuring The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall is starting to come in. Here’s a selection of what folks are saying about the record.

“Dave Douglas doesn’t pass the torch to The Westerlies. They both already possess the same flame … All the proof you need is Douglas’s songs, the Westerlies’s musicianship, and Anwar Marshall’s unwavering percussive anchor … ‘Colonial Cubism’ does the trick there, finding all six musicians in the driver’s seat.”
– John Garrett, Pop Matters

“Little Giant Still Life (Greenleaf Music), is the work of an inquisitive, ambitious artist who draws inspiration from numerous sources.”
– Downbeat News Feature

“The musicians tender a mesmeric sequence of musical events … the radiant themes with Douglas’ sinuous arrangements yield gratifying results … there are an abundance of crests and sinuously executed passages on this album as the ensemble operates in perpetual motion while reengineering primary motifs along the way.”
– Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

“Dave Douglas … is the ideal person to collaborate with The Westerlies, a new-breed brass quartet. Their new album, Little Giant Still Life, … also features drummer Anwar Marshall, who knows how to bring muscle to a groove without a heavy trudge.

This being a Dave Douglas project, there’s also a source of outside inspiration: the work of Stuart Davis, a defining American modernist whose paintings have more than a passing relationship to jazz. The album is named after a 1950 painting whose defining feature is the word ‘CHAMPION,’ bisected with diagonal lines but as legible and graphic as a logo. Douglas seems to be thinking in that mode too: the pace here is triumphant, and the harmonies (the low rumble of those perfect parallels!) convey a determined gravitas.”
– Nate Chinen, Take Five piece on WBGO.org

Little Giant Still Life contains [Douglas’] impressions of 12 Stuart Davis artworks, refracted into intricate scores for The Westerlies, a pan-stylistic bass ensemble that plays with ‘intense precision’ and the erudite 22-year Philadelphia drummer Anwar Masrshall.”
– Ted Panken, JAZZIZ feature, October 2017

 

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Little Giant interviews

Posted by: mark on @ 10:12 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

We’ve put together a collection of videos about the new album Little Giant Still Life featuring Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall including footage from the studio session, rehearsal videos and interviews with the musicians about the music.

Watch Dave Douglas here in conversation with trombonist Andy Clausen talking about Dave’s compositional process.

Join now as a Greenleaf Music subscriber to get access to additional exclusive behind-the-scenes interview clips.

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Little Giant available today!

Posted by: mark on @ 9:12 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

We’re excited to announce the release of the new album by Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall.

Little Giant Still Life is available now on  iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and from our Bandcamp store. You can also stream the title track on Spotify and Apple Music!

The groups is playing album release shows tonight at BRIC Jazzfest in Brooklyn, NY and on October 28th at the Jack London Revue in Portland, Oregon.

Check out some of the reviews the record has received so far!

 

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Little Giant Still Life

Posted by: russell on @ 12:00 am
Filed under: CD/FLAC/MP3, Dave Douglas, store

with The Westerlies & Anwar Marshall

Twelve brand new Dave Douglas compositions and arrangements for five brass players and drums.

Little Giant Still Life is an exciting new meeting between the acclaimed emerging talents of The Westerlies – known recently for their work with Fleet Foxes, their repertoire of original compositions, and interpretations of the music of Wayne Horvitz, Duke Ellington and others – and the young Philadelphia-based drummer Anwar Marshall (Fresh Cut Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel), all under the compositional vision of trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas. The music contained herein is grooving, swinging, lyrical, and something distinct in Douglas’ 50+ recordings as a leader of original music, and as director of the Greenleaf Music record label, which he founded in 2005.

Much of the music on Little Giant Still Life was inspired by the American painter Stuart Davis, and the music explodes with the same bright colors and excitement that characterize much of Davis’ work. Elaborating on the influence, Douglas notes, “I like the explosive nature of Davis’ work — bright colors, big shapes, images bouncing off each other. Also, the fact that jazz inspired so much of his work was meaningful for me. The song ‘Swing Landscape’ is a good example of Davis refracting what he is hearing in the music for visual use. It’s only natural for musicians to see the work and refract right back!”

While Davis’ mark is felt strongly throughout the album, Douglas’ fledgling relationship with his collaborators are of equal importance. Douglas met The Westerlies – trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler and trombonists Willem de Koch and Andy Clausen – at a Chamber Music America event. The five first played together when The Westerlies opened for Douglas’ quintet at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival. The band sat in on the tune “Barbara Allen” (an old spiritual) and realized that a more serious collaboration was bound to happen. Mulherkar reflects: “Dave started writing tune after tune for us and him to play together, and when we finally got together again everything came together pretty quickly.”

With the addition of Marshall, the ensemble was complete. Douglas notes, “The Westerlies are dream players for a composer. They really get inside the music and internalize it. They are also great ensemble improvisers — that is, their tendency is to solo all together, rather than one by one. I love that about them.” Referring to the drummer, Douglas says, “Anwar has a deep groove and real feel for the big landscape of the music; he understands peaks and valleys, and plays with superb empathy. It has made him the perfect player for this project.”

All members of The Westerlies grew up enthralled by Douglas’ sonic universe. Mulherkar and Hensler are first-rate trumpeters, especially when blending their sounds with Douglas’. Mulherkar, speaking for the group, says: “Working with Dave is a dream come true. He has been an influence on each of us individually and as an ensemble – I remember listening to his records growing up, transcribing his solos, and seeing him whenever he’d come through Seattle; he was (and is) a trumpet hero of mine.”

Credits:

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet

The Westerlies:
Riley Mulherkar, trumpet
Zubin Hensler, trumpet
Andy Clausen, trombone
Willem de Koch, trombone

Anwar Marshall, drums

Production Credits:
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded on December 6, 2016 at the Hotel Samurai Recording Studio
Engineered by Geoff Countryman
Mixed and mastered Tyler McDiarmid
Cover photo by Austin Nelson
Band photos by Russell Moore
Design by Lukas Frei

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Exclusive Video: Interviews with Dave Douglas, Anwar Marshall and Riley Mulherkar

Posted by: mark on October 19, 2017 @ 1:46 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

For the new release  Little Giant Still Life featuring Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall, we’ve put together a couple of video interviews on the making of the album.

Enjoy this exclusive content and thank you for supporting our efforts!

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Little Giant featured on WBGO’s Take Five

Posted by: mark on October 17, 2017 @ 2:24 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

The new album from Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall is featured in this week’s Take Five piece on WBGO.org.

Here’s Nate Chinen’s commentary:

Let’s get down to brass tracks. (Sorry.) Dave Douglas, who founded the Festival of New Trumpet Music, is the ideal person to collaborate with The Westerlies, a new-breed brass quartet. Their new album, Little Giant Still Life, due out on Greenleaf Music on Friday, also features drummer Anwar Marshall, who knows how to bring muscle to a groove without a heavy trudge.

This being a Dave Douglas project, there’s also a source of outside inspiration: the work of Stuart Davis, a defining American modernist whose paintings have more than a passing relationship to jazz. The album is named after a 1950 painting whose defining feature is the word “CHAMPION,” bisected with diagonal lines but as legible and graphic as a logo. Douglas seems to be thinking in that mode too: the pace here is triumphant, and the harmonies (the low rumble of those perfect parallels!) convey a determined gravitas.

You can read the entire piece here.

The album will be released worldwide this Friday.

Pre-order Little Giant Still Life now on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

The group plays release shows in Brooklyn, New York on October 20 and Portland, Oregon on October 28.

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