Metamorphosis | Perseus

Posted by: robyn on November 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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Perseus. In which Dave gets to play with four of his heroes. Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Andrew Cyrille. What a dream come true. I’m humbled by these great improvisers—the dynamics in action here are astounding. I loved especially playing with fellow trumpeter Wadada on this session, the call and response both challenging and energizing. Coming around to Perseus (after starting in on Andromeda) feels like a call back to that earlier piece. This is the second to last piece in the series. Thanks for listening. And if you are just joining us, enjoy the whole suite!
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Metamorphosis | Pegasus

Posted by: robyn on October 9, 2017 @ 9:39 am
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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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Metamorphosis | Orion

Posted by: russell on September 2, 2017 @ 2:01 pm
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Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura. Harmonic interplay between the voices, with deep call and response. This is a real four way dialogue in a way only these four could conjure. A tour de force of form and structure created in the moment. I can hear the shapes as each of them pick their way through the collective and individualized consideration of tone and melody.

The earliest depiction linked to the Orion constellation is a carving in mammoth ivory that was made between 32,000 and 38,000 years ago. The Hunter. Orion boasts that he will kill every animal on the planet. Gaia, mother of all life, angrily sends a scorpion to dispatch Orion. Stung, Orion is revived with an antidote from Ophiucus.
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Metamorphosis | Ophiucus

Posted by: Dave Douglas on August 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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Getting to play with two of my heroes and one great new friend. I first met Fred Frith when he produced the Dr. Nerve record by Nick Didkovsky around 1986. He’s always been of my favorite guitar colorists. I was so grateful to have him on Metamorphosis. Ditto Oliver Lake, who I met somewhat later and have had a few chances to share music with. I so enjoyed conversing with him on this track, which describes the constellation Ophiucus, the serpent bearer, which is also sometimes counted as the thirteenth sign of the Zodiac. Kris Davis is a new colleague for me, and she shines so strongly on this track. A deep listener and another great colorist, she brought so much to this session. There’s a pensive quality to this piece that sets in soon after it comes crashing out of the gate. I cherish each interaction with these three great improvisers.
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Metamorphosis | Lyra

Posted by: Dave Douglas on July 7, 2017 @ 12:01 am
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Lyra features our two string players, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Fred Frith on Guitar. Traveling with Yasushi, I often remark on how the poor guy who offered us his bass must be cringing at the vigor with which Yasushi seems to destroy the instrument. This is his own bass, the sound full and resonant. Fred Frith of course brings an astonishingly varied set of sounds to the table here. Amazing to hear how many different tones he can get, and in so short an amount of time. Grateful to the venerable Fred for having made time for this recording session. Matt Mitchell and Andrew Cyrille punctuate the music with deft fluidity and rhythmic collusion. This track is seventh in the series. Thanks for listening and being a part of our community of artists at Greenleaf.
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Metamorphosis | Hercules

Posted by: Dave Douglas on June 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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Right before this take Andrew Cyrille looked at me from across the studio and said, “Hercules, right?” This track sounds uncannily like the running, charging figure in the constellation. Kris Davis and I had never played together before this session. It was one of the great joys to find this musical dialogue with her through all the kinetic activity of Andrew and Matt Mitchell on modular synth. This was a new instrument for Matt, and it’s kind of amazing how the texture and timbre of his fast moving playing matches the piano and drums. This was an absolutely new configuration for me, and I was grateful to the players for forcing me to find something new to play. The dialogue is astounding to hear several months later.

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Metamorphosis | Eridanus

Posted by: Dave Douglas on May 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, and Andrew Cyrille. I am humbled by these masters. This is their interpretation of Eridanus, a constellation that zigs and zags, representing the river no mortal eyes have ever seen. I’m not sure this combination of players had ever performed together before this day last December. Not that I know of in any case. This track is a masterful blend of crafty electric guitar textures, coloristic drumming, and simply brilliant sonic adventurousness from both horn players. Surprising unisons, gorgeous use of space, and an amazing climax in the last minute featuring blazing trumpet work from Wadada. Amazing performance that I am proud to share with subscribers to Greenleaf Music who receive these monthly tracks of Metamorphosis.
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Metamorphosis | Delphinus

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 7, 2017 @ 11:55 am
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Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Yasushi Nakamura, Matt Mitchell.

I’ve discovered in the course of recording and performing Metamorphosis that I love playing with Wadada Leo Smith. The interaction is profound and instantaneous. Here he plays mostly open horn and I play half harmon muted. We are both sonically and intervallically interweaving with Yasushi’s bowed bass and Matt Mitchell’s modular synthesizer. There are moments where the shape of the constellation Delphinus are clearly apparent. There is also the humor of this dolphin coming to save the day, only to dive back into the deep. This was a truly enjoyable quartet to play in.

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Metamorphosis | Cassiopeia

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 3, 2017 @ 10:25 am
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Cassiopeia is the Queen banished to the night sky as punishment for her vanity. She speeds around the sky off-kilter, clinging to her throne so as not to fall off. Matt Mitchell’s modular synth sets the shape of this performance, limning the angular shape and off-kilter feeling of Cassiopeia. He is joined by Kris Davis on prepared piano and Andrew Cyrille mostly on mallets. Wadada Leo Smith soon joins them on harmon-muted trumpet, providing intervallic shapes in contrast to the electronic and percussive textures. Pure of tone, Wadada plays one of the most direct, poignant solos I’ve heard, drifting off into nothingness at the end.
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Metamorphosis | Boötes

Posted by: russell on February 3, 2017 @ 4:55 pm
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This month’s recording from Metamorphosis features Dave Douglas in a quartet with Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Yasushi Nakamura.

Boötes is one of the more mysterious constellations. Known as the herdsman or ox-driver, Boötes was also known in the figure of a winemaker whose vintage was so strong as to simply knock people out. It was an inspiration to interpret this myth and the star formation alongside these three great musicians. We started out at a sprint on this track, and as it goes along it settles into a quite beautiful and mysterious harmonic territory. Fred Frith, through tuning and retuning the guitar in mid-performance, creates a gliding underpinning to the whole thing. Oliver Lake’s deep tone penetrates straight through the texture of the four instruments. Yasushi Nakamura has that supple, rich acoustic tone that provides a context for the whole group. This is a quartet I look forward to rediscovering and following deeper in future performances.

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