Dave Douglas & Greenleaf in 2011

As we sift through our epically full inboxes and move further and further away from vacation daze, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic for 2011—even as it’s just passed. There was a new website, a new music series, new artists, new albums… it seems everything was NEW last year. So before we can move on to all the goings-on we have scheduled this calendar year, a quick recap of some of the music we released in 2011 is necessary for us in this crazy hit-it-and-forget-it internet world we’ve all grown accustomed to.

Donny McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion

Donny went from a sparse but blazing tenor trio album Recommended Tools [2008] to the large ensemble Declaration album [released on Sunnyside, 2010] all the way to this electric album filled with angular post-bop, blistering polyphonic funk, backbeat-driven R&B, and delicate, ethereal balladry. And we thank him for it. It’s partly due to this music that the Key Motion Quintet came to be—but we’ll get to that.

Curtis Macdonald’s Community Immunity

Curtis’ debut album sounds more like his fourth or fifth. The depth of the compositions and the blowing from everyone on board sold us the second we heard it. As Dave put it early on: “The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways.” If you didn’t pick this album up, you should, because it burns from start to finish.

Greenleaf Portable Series, Cloud Player

As everyone knows, we like to take on at least one bigger project every year, and this was our 2011. And really, what better way to allow Dave to be his compositore prolificano than to record three disparate groups providing the vehicle for his new music. We’re glad that you agreed and supported the series, both as the digital albums, and in the Three Views box set. We hope to do another batch of GPS’s this year, so stay tuned.

All of that music, and all our music from the past 7 years of operation are housed at our new Cloud Player. Subscribers can access it all for a nominal annual fee. It’s our way of saying that catalog isn’t dead, at least ours. We’ll be making updates including First Listen’s to new albums regularly. Consider joining our community by subscribing.

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, GPS1: Rare Metals

The first of three. New compositions for a band that made it’s recording debut not too long ago—three years might be a long time, but for us, this group is still fresh.

Orange Afternoons Quintet, GPS2: Orange Afternoons

Dave with Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. ’nuff said.

Dave Douglas & So Percussion, GPS3: Bad Mango

This is the one that we were most excited about hearing around the office when we first heard of the possibility. “What would it be like?,” we thought. Well, it sounded like nothing we’d heard out of Dave before, in the best and most exciting way possible. The tunes Dave chose for this ensemble were perfectly matched, some spacey and floating dripping with tinkerings, some unabashedly sharp and driving.

GPS at Jazz Standard

Lucky folks in NYC continue to get lucky around the holidays. It seems every year Dave pulls a rabbit out of his hat and throws a shindig at somewhere in town to celebrate the year. 2011 was no different with Dave bringing in not only the three ensembles chronicling the GPS releases, but also a new band co-led by Donny McCaslin called Key Motion. Expect to hear more from that band, and all these shows in the coming months.

Three Views for charity

A special thanks to all those who got involved in the charity drive we put on at the end of the year. Thanks to you, we were able to contribute more that we hoped to the charities we listed and that you suggested. We hope the 17-player autographed copy of the Three Views box finds a nice place on your mantle or CD rack—you deserve it. We hope we can do something similar next year. Again, thanks for your generosity.

What else?

I’m sure I’m forgetting to write a bunch of things—music or otherwise—that Dave Douglas & Greenleaf were a part of in 2011. But maybe that’s a good thing. As Dylan said, “Don’t Look Back.” We don’t want to push the past too hard, just remind you of it in all it’s glory. And now that we’ve reminded you, onwards and upwards to 2012. Expect good things.

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Take 25% off our catalog, today only. Use coupon code “TWENTY5OFF”

It seems like the holidays come earlier and earlier every year. So today and for one day only, put down your turkey basters because we’re offering our complete catalog* for 25% off. That includes GPS MP3 albums for as little as $3.75, live sets for as little as $5, CDs for as little as $9, Sheet Music for as little as $11, and Subscriptions for as little at $18!

* The 25% discount is applicable to all products except the Three Views box set, and the educational sheet music packages.

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Brass Ecstasy at AngraJazz 2011

Posted by: admin on October 7, 2011 @ 7:21 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News), Events

This Saturday, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy hit the AngraJazz Festival in Acores, Portugal playing music from the ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy book—including music from the most recent title United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport.

There’s a slight change in lineup for this gig only: Mr. Joey Baron will be filling in for Nasheet Waits on the skins. Those in the area, enjoy this electrifying, though non-electric, band.

Happy weekend.

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Downbeat Critics Poll 2011, Trumpeter of the Year

Posted by: admin on July 5, 2011 @ 4:11 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News), Indigo Trio (Updates), Nicole Mitchell (Updates), Press

Congrats to Dave for being back on top of the Critics Poll as Trumpeter of the Year.

Kudos to the critics for naming Nicole Mitchell as both the Rising Star and Flutist of the Year.

A high-five to Luis Bonilla and Nasheet Waits (both members of Brass Ecstasy) for being cast as the Rising Star Trombonist and Drummer, respectively.

And a round of applause to all the other winners, list-makers, and critics. You can view the list of winners at the Downbeat website. The full list of finalists will appear in the upcoming issue.

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy – Rare Metals

Posted by: admin on June 24, 2011 @ 10:07 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS)

The first volume in the recently christened Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS) hit the e-shelves this week here at Greenleaf, and at iTunes / Amazon / eMusic. We’ve got the lossless audio, and digital sheet music. Not only that, but you can download a free track—Dave’s Brass Ecstasy arrangement of Strayhorn’s Lush Life.

So while us folks unable to attend this years Solid Sound Festival to hear Brass Ecstasy, we’ll have to settle for this radio feed that’s been delivering some great music, and this here photo slideshow we put together to accompany the aforementioned track Lush Life.

Plenty more videos at our YouTube channel.

Happy listening. Happy weekend.

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Beautifully renovated Antwerp station.

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on April 12, 2011 @ 8:21 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News)
Brass Ecstasy in Antwerp
Brass Ecstasy in Antwerp.

Last run of the current Brass Ecstasy European tour:

13-Apr-11 | Paris, FR | Cité de la musique

13-Apr-11 | Brest, FR | Penn-Ar-Jazz

15-Apr-11 | Katowice, PO | Centrum Kultury Katowice

16-Apr-11 | Lublin, PO | Studio Radio Lublin


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Brass Ecstasy on JazzSet

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on April 7, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News)

Featuring cuts from their performance at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival. Listen to the broadcast here. Many thanks to the folks at NPR for their support of this great music.

Pick up a copy of United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport at our store, iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, or your local record shop.

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Posted by: admin on March 31, 2011 @ 9:29 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Culture

Meerkat Media Collective is trying to finish a film about an American brass band, old friends Zlatne Uste, visiting the world’s largest brass festival in Guça, Serbia. Enjoy the video and contribute through Rockethub if you can.

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6 Nights of Brass Ecstasy at the Vanguard next week

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on March 18, 2011 @ 12:35 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News), Events


Listening in Slo Mo

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 14, 2011 @ 10:42 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Events

Curtis has another cool post where he’s slowed down the title track from the new album he made for us by 900%. You can hear the whole amazing thing right here.

Meanwhile, rehearsing in Slo Mo for next week’s run at the Village Vanguard with Brass Ecstasy, with Vincent Chancey, horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; and Marcus Rojas, tuba. We have a new book of tunes we’ll be playing, including covers of Billy Strayhorn and Jeff Tweedy, and with special guest on drums, Rudy Royston.

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