ANFTD #39: Kris Davis

Posted by: mark on January 6, 2017 @ 10:11 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

photo by Peter Gannushkin –

Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “Over the past couple years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” Reviewing one of the series of striking albums Davis has released over the past half-decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions.

Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”

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ANFTD #38: Laurie Frink

Posted by: mark on November 30, 2016 @ 1:45 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
Laurie Frink with Dizzy Gillespie

Laurie Frink with Dizzy Gillespie

In this episode four great trumpeters: Nadje Noordhuis, Michael Rodriguez, Dave Ballou and Keyon Harrold, along with myself, discuss their experiences and practices of studying with Laurie Frink!

The discussion was recorded at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC on September 25 in front of a live audience. It also includes recordings of Laurie herself playing and talking. This was a great tribute to a great teacher, but also a living demonstration that Laurie’s lessons live on with all of us!

Whether you are a trumpeter or not, there is plenty to learn from in here. It’s a pleasure to share this wisdom on the feed of A Noise From The Deep.


laurie-frink-photo-by-takashi-yashimaANNOUNCING THE LAURIE FRINK BRASS SUMMIT #6, to be held on Monday December 5th from 2-4pm in Laurie’s studio. An opportunity for brass players to get together and chat about Laurie’s teaching methods, swap notes, and have some light refreshments. Tony Kadleck will be our esteemed speaker. Entry is a suggested $20 donation, which will go towards the Laurie Frink Career Grant fund. PLACES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED – YOU MUST RSVP to to attend. Don’t miss out!

If the player below doesn’t work for you go to the bottom of this post for Soundcloud embed!


L-R: Keyon Harrold, Dave Douglas, Nadje Noordhuis, Dave Ballou, Mike Rodriguez.

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ANFTD #37: Marietta Drummond

Posted by: mark on September 30, 2016 @ 4:41 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Dreams, Old, New and Otherwise Edition.

In this episode of A Noise From the Deep we talk about the musical scene in New York in the 1980s with Marietta Drummond. Marietta is a pianist and longtime listener and lover of music. She booked and managed Old and New Dreams, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, and Liberation Music Orchestra for a time during this period. Marietta was also the musical curator for programs at Cathedral St. John The Divine. She has a lot of great things to say about these musicians, as well as Don Pullen, Carlos Ward, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hank Jones, Mary Lou Williams and others.

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ANFTD #36: Soweto Kinch

Posted by: mark on August 24, 2016 @ 11:50 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Soweto14Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.

Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie. By Royal Appointment is 3-part prime time reality music show, following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace. Kinch, describe how the programme (due for transmission on the 23rd February, 2011) really allowed him to extended his work as an curator and mentor, “it was a radically fresh approach to discovering and nurturing new talent, and an antedote to the usual pop formulae and manufactured music.”

The Flyover Show is Soweto’s flagship project. Currently in its 5th year, this groundbreaking daylong, music and arts festival takes place in its unusual setting beneath a motorway flyover in Birmingham. 2011’s years event continued a theme from 2010, celebrating black male icons who’ve been influential in successful in redefining Britishness. Featuring artists as divergent as Goldie, Akala and Omar the festival continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class rostra to an often neglected corner of inner city Birmingham – its previous guests having included Bashy, Ms Dynamite, Janet Kay, Ty, Speech Debelle and Jonzi D to name a few.

Following on from links made during his time in India and South Africa, Soweto is preparing to extend the The Flyover Show concept, globally: taking breakout performances abroad and working with artists from the Dharavi slum of Mumbai and in Johannesburg. The vision and impact of this idea continues to grow, transforming derelict and abandoned spaces into exciting creative spaces, and presenting a new model of urban renewal.

Kinch also continues to curate seasons of The Live Box, a Birmingham based jam session and showcase that has been run from venues across Birmingham for over 9 years. Moreover, he was invited as a special guest curator at the Harrogate Festival 2011.

Soweto’s 2010 release The New Emancipation drew its inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues, exploring the modern resonances of the emancipation story. From debt/wage slavery, to creative oppression in the music industry and ideas of race in a post-Obama age it combined this rich musical inheritance and revisited it with stellar jazz ensemble and modern hip hop production. Number one on the Rise Best Albums of 2010, the album featured a prestigious international lineup, including Byron Wallen, Justin Brown (US), Eska Mtungwazi, Femi Temowo, Shabaka Hutchings and Harry Brown among others.

The ‘Legend of Mike Smith’ tour sees Soweto Kinch presenting all new material in anticipation of a new album of the same name. The performance draws on Dante and The Seven Deadly sins, telling the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation. Featuring a core trio including Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Shaney Forbes on Drums the subject matter allows Kinch to explore the full breadth of human emotion in Hip Hop and jazz form. It will be touring extensively from February 2013 onwards.

‘I’m really excited about these shows, the stripped trio format allows me more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics. Moreover, I’m excited about integrating new things into the show, such as tenor sax and live looping’ – Soweto Kinch

‘A real tour de force – a contemporary take on The Seven Deadly Sins’. John Fordham – The Guardian ****



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ANFTD #35: Jonathan Finlayson

Posted by: mark on March 25, 2016 @ 9:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Photo by: Everett McCourt, 2013

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is “…fascinated with composition.” Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter, a veteran trumpeter from the bebop era who took Finlayson under his wing; he was often seen accompanying Porter on his gigs about town and sitting in on the popular Sunday nights jam session at the Bird Cage. He subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater.

Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.



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ANFTD #34: Becca Stevens

Posted by: mark on October 29, 2015 @ 12:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Becca_Stevens_Portait_-_by_Tom_Kershaw_-_reduced_res-1363110361With music from “Perfect Animal” (Universal Music Classics) featuring The Becca Stevens Band with Liam Robinson, Chris Tordini, and Jordan Perlson.

I Asked (Becca Stevens)
Be Still (Becca Stevens)
Tillery (Becca Stevens)

The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Ambrose Akinmusire (Blue Note)
Our Basement (Ed) (Becca Stevens)
While You Were Sleeping Jose James (Blue Note)
Dragon (Becca Stevens)

Learn more about Becca at her website.


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ANFTD #33: Amir El Saffar

Posted by: mark on September 15, 2015 @ 7:51 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Amir-ElSaffar-Press-Landing-2-682x1024Amir El Saffar is playing with Two Rivers at Symphony Space on September 17. Other dates in the current tour can be found at

Festival of New Trumpet Music, from September 24 to 29 in New York, can be found at

All music excerpts are from Amir’s new recording on Pi Recordings, Crisis.

Amir El Saffar – trumpet, vocal, santur
Carlo DeRosa – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums
Ole Mathisen – tenor and soprano sax
Tareq Abboushi – buzuq
Zafer Tawil – oud, percussion

Love Poem
Taqsim Saba
The Great Dictator
all composed by Amir El Saffar

Musicians mentioned:

Samy El Bably, Trumpeter from Egypt.

Hamid Al Saadi, Iraqi maqam vocalist.

Ziad Rahbani, Lebanese pianist and composer.

Amir also mentions the poet Ibn Arabi, one of the great Sufi mystics.
Info on him at Wikipedia and Ibn ‘Arabi Society.

The translation of Love Poem is:

The loved ones of my heart, where are they?
By God, tell me, where are they?
As you saw their illusion,
will you show to me their reality?
How long, how long was I seeking them,
and how often did I beg to be united with them,
Until I had no fear of being parted from them,
and yet I feared to be amongst them.
Perhaps my happy star will hinder
their going afar from me,
That my eye may be blest with them,
and that I may not ask, ‘Where are they?’


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ANFTD #32: Marc Ribot

Posted by: mark on September 1, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast


Episode 32 features topics found here: Franz CasseusContent Creators CoalitionFair Play for Fair PayAd Sponsored Piracy.

Music Played In This Episode:

  • ‘Black Rock Park’ from Dave Douglas, Freak In
    Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, Jamie Saft, Brad Jones, Joey Baron
  • ‘Stella By Starlight’ from Miles Davis Quintet, My Funny Valentine
    Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
  • ‘Flicker’ from Marc Ribot, Silent Movies
  • ‘Sun Ship’ from Marc Ribot Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard
    Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Chad Talyor
  • ‘The Cooker’ from George Benson, Cookbook
    Ronnie Cuber, George Benson, Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Lovelace
  • ‘Bells’ from Marc Ribot Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard
    Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Chad Talyor
  • ‘Newest Fastest’ from DNA, DNA
    Arto Lindsay, Tim Wright, Ikue Mori
  • ‘Right Off’ from Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
    Miles Davis, Steve Grossman, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Michael Henderson, Billy Cobham
  • ‘Preaching Blues’ from Robert Johnson, Drunken Hearted Man
  • ‘Get Behind The Mule’ from Tom Waits, Mule Variations
  • ‘Fat Man Blues’ from Marc Ribot, Silent Movies



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ANFTD #31: I Suoni Delle Dolomiti, Mario Brunello, Cello4Ever, & Edmar Castaneda

Posted by: mark on July 30, 2015 @ 6:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
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Marco Radaelli and Cello4Ever at Col Margherita, July 18, 2015. Photo by Dave Douglas. @isuonidolomiti

Special Edition of the podcast features Dave’s journey to Trentino to play a sunrise concert with cello soloist Mario Brunello and the four cellists of Cello4Ever. Thanks to festival I Suoni Delle Dolomiti for producing and hosting these events!

Includes selections from ‘Mountain Passages’ with Dave Douglas, trumpet; Michael Moore, reeds; Peggy Lee, cello; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Dylan Van Der Schyffe, drums.

Also includes a special surprise guest appearance from Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, who by complete coincidence was sitting next to Dave on the plane. Or vice versa. Two of his pieces appear: Jesus de Nazareth, and Carrao Carrao (featuring Andrea Tierra).

Also includes a rehearsal outtake of Dave and Cello4Ever rehearsing Poveri Fiori, the aria from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea.

Send your questions and comments! Thanks for listening. We will be back with a more regular schedule, including cohost Michael Bates, in September.



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ANFTD #30: The Care and Feeding of a Music Company. Greenleaf Music Celebrates Ten Years!


Join us May 27, 2015 at Subculture in Manhattan for a special celebration. Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, and Ryan Keberle groups perform Live! Get your tickets here!

In our special 10 anniversary edition of ANFTD, Dave Douglas talks with Michael Bates about the history and the music of Greenleaf Music.

Ryan Keberle – Into the Zone (Greenleaf Music)
Donny McCaslin -“Recommended Tools”,  Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Rudy Royston -“Bownze”, 303 (Greenleaf Music)
Linda Oh -“Ultimate Persona”, Initial Here (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas -“North Point Memorial”,  Mountain Passages (Greenleaf Music)
Kneebody -“Break Me”, Kneebody (Greenleaf Music)
Nicole Mitchell – “Welcoming”, Paperback Series (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Keystone – “Fatty and Mabel Adrift”, Keystone (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Big Band – “The Presidents”, A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Quintet- “Culture Wars”, Meaning and Mystery (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Quintet- “Earmarks”, Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“Mister Pitiful”, Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“This Love Affair”, Live at Newport (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas Sextet -“Passing the Torch Song”, Pathways (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy -“Lush Life”, Rare Metals (Greenleaf Music)
Michael Bates -“Great Exhibition”, Clockwise (Greenleaf Music)
Matt Ulery -“Dark Harvest Song”, By a Little Light (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas -“Everyman”, Magic Triangle (Greenleaf Music)
Dave Douglas and Keystone -“A Noise From the Deep”, Keystone (Greenleaf Music)




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