Rudy Royston’s “303” | Preorder now available

Posted by: admin on January 16, 2014 @ 11:40 pm
Filed under: Listening, Releases, Rudy Royston (news)

Rudy Royston by Emra Islek

After a stand-out performance with his Septet at Le Poisson Rouge last Friday, Rudy Royston’s “303” is now available for preorder both at iTunes and on the Greenleaf Bandcamp network.

Rudy has been playing with Dave Douglas in his Quintet, on Linda Oh’s “Initial Here” album we released, and a whole slew of great bands and players——including one of our favorite guitarists Bill Frisell. “303” is Rudy’s debut as a leader, and he really pulls out all the stops. We’re proud to have it as the latest addition to our catalog.

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Greenleaf Artists Sound Off: Year End Observations & Music Thoughts

Year end thoughts from Dave Douglas, Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Linda Oh, Kneebody, Matt Ulery


Dave Douglas

Henry Brant would be 100! After co-producing his 52 trumpet piece with Festival of New Trumpet Music, I discovered his book called “Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook.” It is extraordinary, a great insight into what made that music so powerful. I will spend another 50 years trying to digest it. It’s still in print, and worth looking up.

Wayne Shorter turned 80. John Zorn turned 60. I turned 50. Joe Lovano and I were honored to have a small role in the Wayne Shorter events, playing with our quintet, Sound Prints, with Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron, at several celebrations. The Zorn at 60 marathons were some of the most inspiring days of music I have ever seen; definitely like playing on an all-star team. And traveling with my own quintet, with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling musical experiences of my life. It is a profound pleasure developing the music with these good people. We still have about 15 states to go and I look forward to working on that! Stay warm and we will hope to see you in Hawaii in the cold season.


Miguel Zenon, Oye, Live in Puerto Rico
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense, Moment & The Message
Mauro Ottolini Sousaphonix, Bix Factor


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Jim Tuerk’s Top 10 Records of 2013

Posted by: admin on December 18, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
Filed under: Listening


It’s the end of the year, and the time where I roll up my sleeves, sift through my stacks of wax and digital playlists to bring you my Top’s list of the year. Many of you know that I play guitar and write for a rock and roll band—we released a record this year, actually. I have a true passion for improvised music and the music that our artists create, but as the resident rocker here at Greenleaf, my list comes from a different place than most jazz blogs you’ll read. Hope I can turn you on to some good sounds.



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Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel” on NY Times Best Of 2013 List

Posted by: admin on December 16, 2013 @ 10:22 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Updates), Listening, Press


A Mix of Sounds, Generations and Styles

Craig Taborn, Wayne Shorter and Bill Callahan Achieve

By Nate Chinen

6. Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel” (Greenleaf) The trumpeter Dave Douglas formed a smart new quintet last year, and along with a beautiful album of hymns, it created this knockabout winner, capitalizing on the diversity of a roster with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Rudy Royston.

Read the full feature

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Matt Ulery’s Loom plays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Posted by: admin on October 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am
Filed under: Events, Listening, Video

Matt Ulery stopped by the NPR Music studios with his Loom Quintet while on an East Coast jaunt a few months ago and played two of our favorite tracks from his latest Greenleaf release, Wake An Echo. You can download the source audio from the performance NPR Music page.

We’ve also taken this opportunity to add two new bonus tracks from the Wake An Echo sessions. “Away Again” and “Bluest Blue” are available for download with your purchase of the CD or digital album.

“Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It’s intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.”
— NPR Music

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Why we’re using Bandcamp

Posted by: admin on August 23, 2013 @ 2:06 pm
Filed under: Listening, Music, Music Technology

Bandcamp is a microsite storefront used by a lot of independent musicians to sell their music. They offer downloads in almost any format you can think of in a clean shopping cart, embeddable player widgets, and recently, the launch of new social engagement mechanisms has clearly shown how fervent the Bandcamp community is — a lot of folks say that it’s the place where true music consumers go to engage with the music. And over the past few months, we’ve been migrating our catalog over there.


The integration of GLM and Bandcamp comes because we feel those user-facing mechanisms help present our artists’ music in the way we want to. But also, our catalog has been growing — we’re doing more releases than ever before, and that’s all because of your continued support, especially our Subscriber community. Because we’re adding more and more titles, our server load continues to grow, and as we add more data, the site can slow down a bit. So moving our music from our server to theirs should help keep our site quick to your click — just an added bonus really.

We started our Bandcamp run with Dave’s album Be Still last year, then Time Travel, then we launched new music by Matt Ulery, Linda Oh, and Donny McCaslin on dedicated artist stores that we manage.

This past week, we did the big upload—the three comprehensive Download-Only titles by Dave’s first Quintet, Keystone, and Brass Ecstasy. We’re happy to say, these titles are now available not only in MP3 and FLAC, but also AIF, WAV, OGG, and lots more. Clear some space on your hard drive, and get downloading!

We still have album pages up and running at our site store, and that won’t change. We’ll present further information on each release alongside links to each Bandcamp album page, and keep our sorting mechanisms in place for you to use to sift through the ever-expanding catalog. More titles will be appearing on our artist Bandcamp pages through the end of the year, even a new Dave Douglas album we’ve been keeping hush-hush for awhile now. Check back soon.

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Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures” now available for preorder.

Posted by: admin on August 6, 2013 @ 10:29 am
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Listening, Releases, Video

We’re happy to announce the preorder of Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures”—her 3rd album as a leader, and her 2nd for our label. This is a dynamite band featuring Greenleaf alum Ben Wendel of Kneebody, Aussie guitarist James Muller, and drummer Ted Poor. And Linda’s writing for this crew is stronger than ever.

Preorder Sun Pictures at GLM (Bandcamp) & iTunes.

The title of the album comes from the world’s oldest operating outdoor cinema located in Broome, Australia where Linda’s sister lives. That imagery and concept are central to the feel of these tunes—Linda describes each piece as a “snapshot from recent travels and experiences playing music.” And busy she’s been, playing with Dave Douglas’ Quintet, Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and countless other projects the helped shape these tunes.

But enough from us, we’ll let Linda fill you in.

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Donny McCaslin, Live at Newport – full set stream via WBGO

Posted by: admin on August 5, 2013 @ 3:11 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Listening

Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

Stream the full set at WBGO ›››

Donny McCaslin
Live at The Newport Jazz Festival – August 4, 2013


Perpetual Motion
Stadium Jazz
Losing Track of Daytime


Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, and Nate Wood

Casting for Gravity now available at Donny’s new Bandcamp store

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Video: The first look at Linda Oh’s #SunPictures

Posted by: admin on July 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Listening, Video

LindaOh-SunPictures_72dpi-optWe’re excited to announce and share with you new Linda Oh music. “Sun Pictures” is her second for Greenleaf after last year’s “Initial Here“. Linda has been busy since that release playing in Dave’s Quintet, the Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and a boatload of other projects. And it’s from those travels and experiences that “Sun Pictures” came into focus — Linda calls the album “a set of musical postcards.”

We have the CDs printing at the plant — a beautiful package with great photos, liner notes by Linda, all printed on recycled paper (you know how we roll) — and we expect them in any day now. Preorder in advance of the August 27th street date coming very soon. In the meantime, watch this great band (Ben Wendel of Kneebody, James Muller, Linda Oh, and Ted Poor) recording the album live at WKCR Studios at Columbia University.

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Donny McCaslin on NPR’s Piano Jazz

Posted by: admin on May 15, 2013 @ 9:53 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Listening

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“Take The ‘A’ Train” (E.K. Ellington, B. Strayhorn)
“Isfahan” (B. Strayhorn)
“Memphis Redux” (D. McCaslin)
“M” (D. McCaslin)
“All The Things You Are” (J. Kern, O. Hammerstein)
“Late Night Gospel” (D. McCaslin)
“What Is This Thing Called Love?” (C. Porter)

via | Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start at age 12, when he began playing in his vibraphonist father’s band in Santa Cruz, Calif. That group played the Monterey Jazz Festival for three years. In 1984, McCaslin took a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston; while there, he performed regularly in the area with Ken Schaphorst’s True Colors Big Band.

McCaslin then joined with another vibraphonist, Gary Burton, and toured the world with him for four years. After moving to New York City, he performed with the group Steps Ahead, and has also played with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, the Dave Douglas Quintet and many others.

McCaslin has recorded 10 albums as a leader. His most recent release, Casting for Gravity, fuses jazz with electronic textures influenced by artists such as Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.

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