To celebrate Keystone’s live performance at MoMA on October 14th (please read here if you haven’t yet) we’re having a Keystone sale! For every Spark of Being album purchase through October 19th you’ll receive a free copy of the the first Keystone CD/DVD. Stop by the Greenleaf Music Online Store now!
On April 24th, 2010, Dave Douglas and experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison unveiled their multimedia collaboration, Spark Of Being, at Stanford University. On film, it stands as a reinterpretation of that Frankenstein myth using new, archival, and distressed footage. The themes, penned by Douglas for his Grammy-nominated band Keystone, integrate electronics seamlessly into the improvised music, piecing sounds and movement together to make three strikingly different Creatures.
Spark Of Being: Soundtrack [CD/Digital]
Spark Of Being: Expand [LP/CD/Digital]
Spark Of Being: Burst [CD/Digital]
PERSONNEL: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophone; Adam Benjamin, fender rhodes; Brad Jones, ampeg baby bass; Gene Lake, drums; DJ Olive, turntables/laptop
Video: Spark Of Being [Trailer]
The trailer for the film Spark Of Being by Bill Morrison, featuring music by Dave Douglas
The second entry in the Download-Only Series culls together 8 sets of Keystone recorded at Jazz Standard in 2007 available.
As the second installment of our download-only series, Greenleaf Music presents Dave Douglas & Keystone, Live at Jazz Standard. Fresh off of their 2006 release, Moonshine, this group took to the stage at the famous Jazz Standard in New York, New York for 4 consecutive nights playing 2 sets per night.
With plenty of ear-bending sonics and relentless polyrhythmic funk, these performances twist and turn Douglas’ silent era-inspired compositions in ways that only a live performance would allow. The band debuted new compositions by Douglas, and played music from Dave’s 2003 release, Freak In, on top of the Keystone song book.
This is a Full Book product that gains you access to all 8 unique sets of music available in MP3 and FLAC formats. Each set was uploaded the morning after the performance. If you choose to purchase the Full Book, the download links will automatically populate in your account when they have been uploaded. You can also choose to purchase individual sets of any given night.
PERSONNEL: Dave Douglas, Trumpet; Marcus Strickland, Saxophones; Adam Benjamin, Fender Rhodes; Brad Jones, Ampeg Baby Bass; Gene Lake, Drums; DJ Olive, Turntables and Laptop
Subscriber Bonus Sets
These blistering sets were originally streamed through the BBC, and are now available as part of our Subscriber Series. MP3 and FLAC formats available.
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Moonshine, the newest album from trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas’ Grammy-nominated band Keystone, is an album that moves musical genres forward into uncharted territory. The evolutionary, revolutionary aspect is found in the vibrant alchemy between Douglas’ avant-garde leaning compositions, the relentless, polyrhythmic funk of drummer Gene Lake and bassist Brad Jones, the Sun-Ra-esque sonics of Adam Benjamin who plays a highly modulated Fender Rhodes and the post-post blowing of the front line featuring Douglas and saxophonist Marcus Strickland. But what puts this one over the top is the true integration of a DJ, in this case DJ Olive, into the constantly shifting improvisations of a cutting edge band. Rolling Stone called Keystone’s 2005’s self titled album, “a modernist requiem.” Moonshine takes it a step further: a modernist recipe for the future sound of electronics, jazz, and new composition.
“I think of it as Green Beat,” says Douglas with a grin, referring to the organic way that the rhythms of vinyl, laptop, and drum set coalesce in this infectious, grooving new album. One forgets all the elements that go into this hybrid music, as each piece amounts to a masterpiece of modern jazz-informed composition and performance.
There are many details buried in these tracks, and perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the basis for this recording was a single performance in front of a live studio audience. The state-of-the-art mutli-track recording of this session makes possible a hybrid of the best parts of studio isolation and live excitement. It allowed Greenleaf Music to raise to the highest level the post-production of these recordings.
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The second release in our Paperback Series. Paperback releases are packaged in a minimal but distinctive chipboard packaging.
In a brilliant stroke of tour routing, this gig at the Umea Jazz Festival in northern Sweden was immediately preceded by the San Francisco jazz festival in California and followed by one in Cormons, Italy. Nonetheless everyone came ready to play. The Keystone sound really came together here: sloppy and wild, but also focused, lyrical, delicate, and at times simply bizarre. Also, like the films it was written to, it was a lot of fun. The concert began with a showing of Fatty and Mabel Adrift, Roscoe Arbuckle’s 1915 three-reeler, probably the first (and finest?) surreal comico-psychological thriller drama. Next, we played the three main themes from my score for Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (in which the perennial slapstick potential of the laundry line is used to address some semi-serious marital issues) without accompanying the film. Finally, as an encore, we played Luke the Dog, written to the heroic canine suspense vehicle, Fatty’s Plucky Pup. Though we edited the chit chat and whatnot, this is the way the gig was played. Thanks to Lars-Goran Ulander of Swedish Radio 2 for making this release possible. -Dave Douglas
Keystone features Douglas compositions inspired by the great and unfairly maligned Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, one of America’s earliest and funniest movie stars. Focusing on his early works for the Keystone production company (1915-1916), the new music attempts to mirror the humor and drama, the tragedy and hilarity of Arbuckle’s films and his life. The electric invoked scores are warm, funny, funky, and experimental, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of the films.
Keystone is a two-disc release: a CD and a DVD. The CD contains eleven music tracks which present themes Dave Douglas composed for Arbuckle’s films. The DVD contains two items; first, Roscoe Arbuckle’s 1915 film “Fatty and Mabel Adrift”, accompanied by Dave Douglas’ new score (comprised of the above-mentioned songs plus about seven minutes of additional music Dave wrote for this film). Also included is “Just Another Murder”, a music video for this Keystone track compiled and edited from the film “Fatty’s Tin-Type Tangle”, directed by Arbuckle in 1915.
The Village Voice has said of Keystone: “Fatty Arbuckle isn’t a dude who usually gets a nod on jazz discs, but Dave Douglas isn’t a dude who does things the usual way. The trumpeter’s forthcoming CD is made by a new band with funk, dub, pop and outcat groove on its mind. Noisy and graceful — no wonder Fatty is its cause celebre.”
Musicians: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Jamie Saft, keyboards; Gene Lake, drums; Marcus Strickland, saxophones; Brad Jones, bass; DJ Olive, turntables.
Subscriber Bonus: AWD
A track recorded at the Keystone session and mixed by David Torn but not released.This content is for members only.
Subscriber Bonus: Luke The Dog
“Luke The Dog” is another complete take from the Keystone recording session that was left off the CD portion of the Keystone disc. Dedicated to Fatty Arbuckle’s dog, who starred in a number of films including “Fatty & Mabel Adrift”, where some of this music is featured.
Subscriber Bonus: Pool Sharks (early edit)
Dave’s own early edit and mix of Pool Sharks, from the original Keystone Studio sessions of January 2005. This piece was not on the Keystone album, but it became a staple of live performances. You can now also hear a live version of this piece on Keystone: Live in Sweden. This track shows the original studio conception.This content is for members only.
Subscriber Bonus: Educational
After his exoneration, Arbuckle tried to return to moviemaking, but the ban on his pictures came too soon after his acquittal to allow for that, and he retreated into alcoholism. Buster Keaton attempted to help Arbuckle by letting him work on Keaton’s films. Arbuckle allegedly co-directed scenes in Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr., but it is unclear how much of this footage made it through to the final film.
Arbuckle also directed a number of comedy shorts for Educational Pictures featuring lesser-known comics of the day under the pseudonym William Goodrich. Educational released many silent comedies and also, for a period in the 1920s, released silent cartoons including Felix the Cat.
Dave Douglas, DJ Olive, Brad Jones, Gene Lake, David TornThis content is for members only.