Little Giant interviews

Posted by: mark on October 20, 2017 @ 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.

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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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Little Giant to be released in one week!

Posted by: mark on October 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

We’re one week away from the worldwide release of Little Giant Still Life featuring Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall.

Available now for pre-order on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. You can also stream the title track on Spotify and Apple Music!

For more on the record, check out the feature in Downbeat as well as a review by All About Jazz Italia.

And don’t miss the group’s album release shows in Brooklyn, New York on October 20 and Portland, Oregon on October 28.

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October 14 Dave Douglas show in Boston is cancelled.

Posted by: mark on October 12, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

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.

Catch the band in Brooklyn, New York on October 20 and Portland, Oregon on October 28.

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Pre-order Little Giant Still Life on Bandcamp now!

Posted by: mark on October 9, 2017 @ 1:21 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

The new album Little Giant Still Life featuring Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

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.

Thanks for your support!

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Metamorphosis | Pegasus

Posted by: robyn on @ 9:39 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

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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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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Discount tickets for Zorn Bagatelles shows in NYC

Posted by: mark on October 4, 2017 @ 7:32 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas

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.

We’re able to offer discounted tickets for our community!

Pay $20 for $50 tickets when you use the code ‘FB20’ at point of purchase. You can buy tickets online here.

Enjoy the music!

Details:

John Zorn’s The Bagatelles
NYC Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
Friday, October 6, 7:30pm | Details
Saturday, October 7, 7:30pm | Details

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