GPS, V3: Bad Mango

Posted by: admin on October 11, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
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The third volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Bad Mango features Dave Douglas with So Percussion. From the first notes of the opening track One More News—originally recorded on Witness [2001]—it’s clear that this session yielded a sound unlike any other in the expansive Dave Douglas discography. Pai†ring his plaintive trumpet with a myriad of percussion instruments including marimba, drumset, glockenspiel, and a whole host of nontraditional percussion like musical saw, toy bells, shruti box, crotales, et al, Douglas leads this unique ensemble through new compositions and revisitations of songs from his works catalog.

Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Eric Beach (estey organ, Ableton, musical saw, toys, metronomes, shruti box, crotales), Adam Sliwinski (marimba, toys, concert bass drum, glockenspiel), Jason Treuting (drumset, melodica, deskbells), Josh Quillen (korg synthesizer, vocoder, kick drum, snare drum, ride cymbal)
Recorded by Tyler Mcdiarmid and Geoff Countryman at the So Percussion loft.

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GPS, V2: Orange Afternoons

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The second volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Orange Afternoons features Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. This informal session in Brooklyn yielded six new Douglas compositions for this special quintet.

The album opener—The Gulf—begins delicately with Iyer rolling clusters and Gilmore frosting the spectrum with cymbals before the plaintive melody offers the first taste of the frontline of Douglas’ trumpet and Coltrane’s saxophone. Moving along, Valori Bollati—translated as Revenue Stamps—swings it’s way into gorgeous solos by Iyer and Oh. Solato features a simple harmonic figure floating on top of a deep groove laid down by Gilmore and Oh, and a solo from Douglas that culminates in a single long tone towering over a cymbal wash before fizzling back to the intro figure. All in all, the six tracks on this album feel immediate, with urgent playing from each of these stalwart musicians.

Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Vijay Iyer (piano), Linda Oh (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Recorded by Tyler Mcdiarmid and Geoff Countryman at 58 North Six Media Labs


Session Video: Orologi

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Video Slideshow: Solato

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GPS, V1: Rare Metals

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In the early winter of 2011, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas convened an informal recording session in Brooklyn with his group Brass Ecstasy. They were to record the first volume in a string of digital releases that Douglas dubbed the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS). Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 1: Rare Metals finds Douglas — the indefatigably prolific composer — adding five new compositions and a new arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s, Lush Life, to an ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy music book.

Rare Metals is the digital followup to the live recording United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport recorded at the 2010 Newport Festival and released late April 2011. Utilizing the same personnel that wowed crowds at Newport and around the world, the all-brass-plus-drums lineup balances Douglas’ music between delicate, dynamic chamber-bop (Safeway, My Old Sign), and drunken, riotous revelry (Town Hall, Night Growl). Six tracks in total. Clocking in just over 40 minutes, Rare Metals feels urgent and immediate.

“I liked the idea of streaming the music directly to listeners, and it seemed that CD length might not be the best representative in the new medium,” explains Douglas. “Also the idea of shorter, more informal sessions appealed to me as it harked back to the way jazz records used to be made. The GPS gave me an outlet for a lot of new tunes and presented me with a way to record with some musicians I really admire but would rarely get to play with.”

Personnel: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; and Nasheet Waits, drums


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As we re-celebrate the Brass Ecstasy performance at Newport last year with the release of United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport, we are also gearing up for the first release in a new digital-only series called the Greenleaf Portable Series. This cut is the studio version of the song United Front, and a bonus track from the first GPS session. Available in MP3 and FLAC formats.

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Greenleaf tShirt: Gray

Posted by: admin on June 2, 2011 @ 5:08 pm
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Greenleaf tShirt: Green

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United Front

Posted by: admin on April 5, 2011 @ 10:10 am
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Originally recorded by WBGO Jazz 88 and presented as part of NPR’s live concert series, the album captures the group’s spectacular performance during the 2010 Carefusion Newport Jazz Festival.

“There was a special feeling for us on taking the drive out to the festival grounds at Fort Adams State Park,” said Douglas. “On the day of the gig, each of us was flying in from a different location. The weather was cooperating, and I remember watching boats in the harbor…such a magnificent setting. During the set each of the tunes grew into new proportions that day, stretching in all sorts of directions from their original studio release.”

Picking up where their critically acclaimed debut Spirit Moves (Greenleaf 2009) left off, United Front (Douglas’ 32nd release) sees this all-star band plunging into Douglas’ compositions (plus one Hank Williams Sr. tune) with an intensity and exuberance garnered only at a live jazz concert, particularly one with the legacy and spirit of Newport. The album features tunes from Spirit Moves including the 12-plus minute set closer “Bowie” – a tribute to Lester Bowie – that steadily works the crowd into a loud and appreciative frenzy. Also included are two previously unreleased songs, “Spirit Moves” and “United Front.”

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Community Immunity

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“Community Immunity is much more than your average modern jazz album…  It is a study in compression and expansion, compositional detail and improvisational freedom.”
The New York Jazz Record

“A bracing listen from a musical architect who is as distinctive and precise as he is young…  If you’re an open-eared listener with a yen for forward-thinking music,  you’ll find yourself wanting to crack Community Immunity‘s code.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Maybe it’s the odd time signatures, maybe the strange timbres or the meandering compositions. Something sets Curtis Macdonald’s debut album apart and challenges you to keep coming back.”
Rochester City Newspaper

“With Community Immunity, Curtis Macdonald establishes himself as one who stands apart from the rest…”
All About Jazz

“A dynamic effort that succeeds in opening more doors with each listen.”
Downbeat Magazine

“Macdonald explores some wholly unique territory…”
JazzTimes Magazine

“Imaginative and daring…”
Pittsburgh Tribune

“A sleekly modern band.”
NY Times

Greenleaf Music is proud to release saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald‘s debut album, Community Immunity, April 5, 2011. Greenleaf president and trumpet luminary Dave Douglas notes, “The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways. The moving parts lock in with uncanny seamlessness.” Throughout the recording, strong and catchy melodies are supported by rhythmic motifs that churn each piece in an often cinematic style. Macdonald and his ace crew of players create effortless buoyancy as they bounce off the parameters of each new conundrum.

Macdonald grew up near one of the most desirable artist communities in North America, the Banff Centre for the Arts—a carefully balanced, fertile environment tailored exclusively for community development within the arts. In 2007, he graduated cum laude from the New School University in NYC where he immediately became faculty. Through his research of sound, acoustics, and digital audio processes, Curtis has begun to exploit natural aural phenomena within his compositions, such as binaural beating in the form of a modified rhythmic vibrato heard in his piece “Childhood Sympathy.” A quick look at his website will reveal his probing creativity on the cutting edge of computer music technology.

Based in Brooklyn, Macdonald is part of the next generation of great saxophonists. Community Immunity is the first of what will surely be many great Curtis Macdonald projects in the years to come.

Personnel: Curtis Macdonald, Alto Sax; Chris Tordini, Bass; Greg Richie, Drums; Jeremy Viner, Tenor Sax/Clarinet; David Virelles, Piano; Michal Vanoucek, Piano; Travis Reuter, Guitars; Becca Stevens, Voice; Andrea Tyniec, Violin

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Perpetual Motion

Posted by: admin on January 25, 2011 @ 10:10 am
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Following the sparse tenor trio album Recommended Tools (Greenleaf, 2008), Perpetual Motion is a 180° turn for McCaslin. Never sounding more confident, McCaslin delves into angular post-bop, blistering polyphonic funk, backbeat-driven R&B, and delicate, ethereal balladry, all without compromising his distinct compositional voice.

Electronic elements are well-represented here: Adam Benjamin (Kneebody, Dave Douglas’ Keystone) conjures the Rings of Saturn with his highly modulated Fender Rhodes, bassist Tim Lefebvre punches sub-octave squarewave fuzz, and producer David Binney contributes his own synth sonics occasionally. All of this on a bed of deep drum grooves—that duty split between the masterful Antonio Sanchez and Mark Guiliana. Guest musician Uri Caine makes appearances as well, contributing his unique Fender Rhodes and piano playing to the tracks including the emphatic record closer.


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Recorded by WBGO backstage at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival, this Cole Porter classic is played by Donny McCaslin solo tenor saxophone. And it rips!

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Spark Of Being [3CD]

Posted by: admin on September 21, 2010 @ 10:10 am
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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

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Stained Radiance

Posted by: admin on January 26, 2010 @ 10:10 am
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Guitarist Nels Cline and painter Norton Wisdom, both masters of their medium, joined together last year for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aeght Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Two mesmerizing performances are included on the DVD along with special features like the Norton Headcam, and a behind-the-scenes look into the sessions.

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