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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.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Dave Douglas with The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall concert at the David Friend Recital Hall in Boston on October 14 has been cancelled.
We regret that we will not be able to play for our listeners in Boston. Next time for sure.
When you order it now, you’ll instantly receive the title track ahead of the worldwide release on October 20th.
And don’t miss the ensemble on tour this month in Boston, Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. Full tour details here.
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Dave Douglas, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura, Matt Mitchell. I went with the harmon mute on this one with Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Kris Davis on mostly prepared piano (let’s say, definitely not “unprepared”), and Matt Mitchell on modular synth. Not a configuration I had ever found myself in. This one is highly conversational, keeps wanting to go into tempo, flirting with it, and flying away. I love how Kris’ preparations of the piano match the timbres of Matt’s synth. The ending of this piece felt like it could go on and belong to entirely other world of music. Pegasus flying.
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This weekend, NYU Skirball is presenting two nights of John Zorn’s project The Bagatelles, featuring 20 ensembles of incredible improvisers that include Greg Cohen, Dave Douglas, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman, Mary Halvorson, Matt Mitchell, Erik Friedlander, Jim Black and more. You can read the entire program online.
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Pay $20 for $50 tickets when you use the code ‘FB20’ at point of purchase. You can buy tickets online here.
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Dave travels north to visit Carla Bley and Steve Swallow in their home, where countless gigantic recordings were made. Carla is joining Riverside this season for new music and actual tour dates. Check your local listings. Topics discussed include: Hiring weirdos for the band, Jail time for Steve, Mutinous bandmates, Finding your own sound by actually working on it every day of your life, The Beauty of broken pump organs, And The Sullen good looks of a certain Mr. Andy Sheppard (why Carla added Andy to the Duo). Musical excerpts span their 50 year history together.
Carla Bley and Steve Swallow
Willow, New York
1. Major from Are We There Yet? 1998
Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (electric bass)
2. Walking Batteriewoman from Social Studies 1980
Michael Mantler (trumpet), Carlos Ward (alto saxophone),Tony Degradi (tenor saxophone), Gary Valente (trombone), Joe Daley (euphonium), Eark McIntyre (tuba), Carla Bley (organ, piano),Steve Swallow (bass), D. Sharpe (drums)
3. Why from Escalator Over The Hill with Paul Haines 1971
Linda Ronstadt (voice), Charlie Haden (voice), Michael Mantler (trumpet), Sharon Freeman (horn), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Jack Jeffers (trombone), John Buckingham (tuba), Perry Robinson (clarinet), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Chris Woods (bari sax), John McLaughlin (guitar), Carla Bley (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums)
4. Gary Burton: A Genuine Tong Funeral: Opening & Shovels 1967
Gary Burton (vibes),Larry Coryell (guitar), Steve Swallow 9bass), Lonesome Dragon (drums), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Mike Mantler (trumpet), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba, bari sax), Carla Bley (piano, organ, conductor)
5. Liberation Music Orchestra: The Ending Of The First Side 1969
Perry Robinson (clarinet), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Dewey Redman (alto and tenor sax), Don Cherry (cornet), Mike Mantler (trumpet), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Bob Northern (horn), Howard Johnson (tuba), Carla Bley (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums)
6. Steve Swallow Quintet: Unnatural Causes 2011
7. Steve Swallow Quintet: Suitable For Framing 2011
Chris Cheek (tenor sax), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Carla Bley (organ), Steve Swallow (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums)
8. Musique Mécanique I 1978
Michael Mantler (trumpet), Alan Braufman (alto sax), Gary Windo (tenor sax), John Clark (horn), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Bob Stewart (tuba), Terry Adams (electric pump organ), Carla Bley (organ, toy piano), Steve Swallow (bass), D. Sharpe (drums), Karen Mantler (glockenspiel)
9. Grand Mother 2002
Lawrence Feldman, Wolfgang Puschnig, Andy Sheppard, Craig Handy, Gary Smulyan (reeds), Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, Giampaolo, Casati (trumpets), Jim Pugh, Gary Valente, Dave Bargeron, David Taylor (trombones), Robert Routch (horn), Karen Mantler (organ, glockenspiel), Carla Bley (piano, conductor), Stevce Swallow (bass), Billy Drummond (drums), Don Alias (percussion)
10. Enormous Tots 1973 NO STEVE!
Julie Tippets (voice), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Howard Johnson (voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, baritone and bass saxophones, tubas), Dave Holland (bass), Michael Mantler (trumpet), Toni Marcus (violin, viola), Carla Bley (voice, recorders, piano, electric piano, clavinet, organ, marimba, celeste, percussion), Paul Motion (drums, percussion)
11. Andando El Tiempo: Camino Al Volver 2015
Andy Sheppard (tenor sax), Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (bass guitar)
The sextet plays Brooklyn and Portland (Oregon) in support of their October 20th release Little Giant Still Life.
Please note that the Boston show has been cancelled.
And Spotify has added the track to their State of Jazz playlist!