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Metamorphosis | Ursa Major

posted by robyn on December 5, 2017 @ 11:31 am
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Ursa Major is the final piece in the cycle of twelve that make up Metamorphosis. I am honored to have recorded this work with masters of improvisation Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, Matt Mitchell, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura and Andrew Cyrille. Improvisation is about constant listening and learning, being a clean slate, deeply receptive to every event. Hearing all twelve pieces back to back, each one a different combination of the players, is an illuminating view into the art and craft of these very special artists. Hearing all eight of us together on this final piece is exhilarating. So many great collisions and juxtapositions, I will refrain from pointing them out and let the listener discover and enjoy.

It is a supreme pleasure to record these series every year, and I look forward to more dialog with the Greenleaf community and its growing family of listeners. Thank you for being a part of it.
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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.

Hercules is part of the once-a-month releases of the suite Metamorphosis. Subscribers get access to the new track every month, as well as a physical CD at the end of the year. Join us to enjoy the music and help support a sustainable environment for creative music and art. Thank you.
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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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Metamorphosis | Andromeda

posted by russell on January 12, 2017 @ 9:39 am
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Welcome back, subscribers. You’re getting a first and exclusive look at this take of Andromeda, the first piece in the suite Metamorphosis that I produced in December for your 2017 Subscription Series. It was such an honor to get to call some of my heroes for the recording of this composed/improvised music. Throughout 2017 there will be tracks — many of them quartets made up of various subgroupings — from Metamorphosis on this feed. There is also a live premiere at Lincoln Center March 3 & 4, 2017. I am very grateful for these opportunities to present improvised music with these masters.

Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpets; Oliver Lake, saxophone; Fred Frith, guitar; Matt Mitchell, modular synth; Kris Davis, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, acoustic bass; Andrew Cyrille, drums.

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NYC. December 5, 2016.

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Subscriber Series 2017: Metamorphosis

posted by mark on January 12, 2017 @ 9:36 am
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Our Subscriber Series for 2017 is Metamorphosis, a new work by Dave Douglas for improvisors.

In 1997, Douglas released the one-of-a-kind album Sanctuary, a thrilling and unpredictable journey through the improvisation of a double-quartet. Metamorphosis marks a conceptual return to this bold and distinctive project, with Douglas enlisting some of the most unique and flexible voices in modern improvised music: trumpeter and cornet player Wadada Leo Smith, saxophonist Oliver Lake, guitarist Fred Frith, modular synth player Matt Mitchell, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Andrew Cyrille. All of these artists are known for their uninhibited approach to improvisation and for being highly responsive team players, two essential traits for a project like this to succeed.

Based on Douglas’ compositional material inspired by the constellations, the December 2016 recording session yielded twelve tracks. You can read Dave’s program notes for details on the material. Some tracks, such as January’s Andromeda, feature the entire ensemble  while others include smaller groupings of four and five musicians in various configurations.

As part of our Subscribers Series, we are releasing a new track each month exclusively for subscribers throughout 2017. Subscribers can download the material for their enjoyment in various file formats. As well, subscribers can listen to the music using the proprietary Greenleaf Cloud Player on our website, which also includes everything that has ever been released on Greenleaf Music as well as additional subscriber-only material.

Please join us as a subscriber to gain access to this unique material and more.

Look for interviews with the artists and other project-related offerings throughout the year.

Project details:

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpets
Oliver Lake, saxophone
Fred Frith, guitar
Matt Mitchell, modular synth
Kris Davis, piano
Yasushi Nakamura, acoustic bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NYC. December 5, 2016.


Metamorphosis: Program Notes

posted by mark on January 12, 2017 @ 9:35 am
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Here are the Dave Douglas program notes for our 2017 Subscribers Series:

Metamorphosis: Stars, Shapes, Stories, Sounds.

Metamorphosis is a piece derived from the shapes of star formations and their associated stories in Greek mythology.

Who knows when humans started defining images among the stars in the night sky? By two thousand years ago, Ptolemy had published a compendium of constellations depicting Greek mythological figures. These mythologies were later laid out in Ovid’s narrative poem, Metamorphosis.

That call from the stars to human imagination seems eternal. Jazz and improvised music are well suited to fashioning sounds from these shapes and stories.

Improvising musicians have so many disparate skills and facets of creativity to work with. An experienced improviser today not only draws on jazz and other improvised music traditions – for over a generation, the training of an improviser has also encompassed sound-making as an individualized area of creativity that transcends style or genre and highlights the specific background and experience of the player. Wadada Leo Smith spoke of this in his seminal essay of 1973, notes (8 pieces) source a new world music: creative music.

Creative music invites each musician, through self-reflection, to define and interpret the music’s direction and to act independently within the parameters of a particular composition. To perform creative music, a musician, guided by their own individualized sonic vocabulary, interprets various kinds of notation and input. This demands creative flexibility and the ability to maintain one’s own personal voice among the interplay of disparate stimuli.

Interpreting star formations and their mythologies, as we do in Metamorphosis, draws on these skills and presents a new dialogue between individual, ensemble, and audience.

In bringing these pieces to the group, I found that each player had their own approach to the stars, shapes and stories. The improvisers in this group have vast experience, and many of them are musicians I consider my heroes. I am grateful that they brought themselves to this music and gave it the fullest life and breath it could have.

Ovid’s declared purpose was “to tell of bodies which have been transformed into shapes of a different kind.” In the same way, our Metamorphosis creates a new template for group improvisation, for the creation of new sound worlds.

Metamorphosis invites each player to invoke their own vision of the stars, the shapes, and the stories with the purest spontaneity and personal expressiveness.

Dave Douglas

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Metamorphosis will receive its premiere live performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 3 and 4, 2017


New Sanctuary | Dicembre

posted by russell on December 2, 2016 @ 12:56 pm
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This is the final track for the 2016 Subscription Series: New Sanctuary. Wonderful to get out on the road and develop this music last month with Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra. All twelve tracks in the series are now available for subscribers.

The New Sanctuary Suite will also be performed at Lincoln Center March 3 and 4, 2017. The players will include myself with Marc and Susie, as well as Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, and Andrew Cyrille. Thrilled to have such an amazing cast signed on!

Look for the 2017 Subscription Series soon! Recording next week, super excited to share it. Best holiday greetings. Thanks for listening.

Dave

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New Sanctuary | Novembre

posted by russell on November 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am
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Susie Ibarra has been playing the traditionally Philippine, microtonally pitched, Kulintang gongs for many years. I wrote for them in the orchestral suite Blue Latitudes, and I knew I would want to include them in our improvisations here. November is a meditative piece in the suite that draws Marc Ribot into the fertile harmonics of those gongs. I also feel like Tyler McDiarmid deserves a special shout out here. His engineering draws out the subtle colors and combinations of the gongs with the airy open trumpet and the electric guitar.

Dave

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New Sanctuary | Ottobre

posted by russell on October 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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This is a wild one. All three of us really dig in here. Can’t wait to open this one up on our tour dates in Europe in November. Also, did we mention we’ve decided to make a physical CD of this one project? Bringing back the Paperback Series, New Sanctuary Trio will be available soon. I’ll also be presenting an expanded version of the project at Lincoln Center in March 2017.

On Ottobre, I am playing with the infamous aluminum foil mute, a relative newcomer for me. It’s basically a piece of Reynold’s contorted into various shapes over the bell of the trumpet. Gives it that buzzy sound that matched the distorted guitar of Ribot. Join us as subscriber to hear it (and all the other pieces) now. Enjoy.

Dave

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New Sanctuary Trio Announces November European Tour

posted by mark on September 30, 2016 @ 3:12 pm
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New Sanctuary, the trio comprised of Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra, will tour Europe in November.

The group first came together to record our 2016 Subscription Series which includes twelve new Douglas compositions for the trio. We’re releasing a track each month throughout the year as part of our subscription service.

Come hear the world premiere of this improvising trumpet / guitar / percussion trio!

New Sanctuary European Tour:
11.08 Ljubljana, Slovenia Cankarjev Dom Details
11.10 Eindhoven, Netherlands Cafe Wilhelmina Details
11.11 Novi Sad, Serbia Serbian National Theatre
11.12 Strasbourg, France Fossé des Treize Details
11.13 Gliwice, Poland CK Jazovia


New Sanctuary | Settembre

posted by russell on September 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am
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The other day I saw my first browning leaf on the ground. It all seems too soon. Cooling evenings, crispy mornings, new beginnings. Harvest month. We’re gathering the firewood for the coming winter. Enjoy.

Dave

Limbourg brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Limbourg brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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New Sanctuary | Agosto

posted by russell on August 12, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
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Agosto. Maybe the most “straight ahead” piece in the batch drives us to mutability on all levels. Listen to the way Susie shifts subtly between tempos and feels. Listen to the way Ribot hints at chord comping and walking bass. Listen to the way the cup mute gives off some 1930s steam. I stole that mute from my middle school. I still use it. I’ve never told anyone. Sorry.

Join us if you haven’t and get the rest of the New Sanctuary tracks as they come out.

Best,

Dave

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New Sanctuary | Luglio

posted by russell on July 1, 2016 @ 5:00 am
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All of these short ‘mini-compositions’ are meant to point the band in a direction. With improvisers like Susie and Marc a small hint is all you need. The short ‘head’ is played at the end of this track, following unaccompanied improvisations from each player. I remember this being really fun to play, and kind of mysterious—there is only one take—but I also remember looking forward to some live performances (coming in November and next year!) to open it up and explore it some more.

Thanks to those who’ve joined and are following this series. I hope you enjoy hearing each new piece as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. We’re truly grateful for your support and we look forward to the new projects coming up in the future.

Best,

Dave

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New Sanctuary | Giugno

posted by russell on June 3, 2016 @ 12:47 pm
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Giugno is our latest offering from New Sanctuary. We hope you enjoy!

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New Sanctuary | Maggio

posted by russell on May 4, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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A note from Dave:

So exciting to play with my good friends Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra. They play with such fire and passion! Enjoy this new track for the New Sanctuary Series: Maggio.

When I first moved to New York in 1984, I used to rehearse and practice at a space that was next to Ronald Shannon Jackson’s studio. It was during prime Decoding Society. Those guys were so incredible! I played with Shannon a few times in the studio. He had an amazing trumpet player named Henry Scott in the band. Serious chops. Those guys could play ferocious.

The energy on this track reminds me of those days in a way. Can’t wait to do some live shows with this band. Thanks for listening.

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New Sanctuary | Aprile

posted by russell on April 1, 2016 @ 7:42 pm
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A note from Dave:

Listeners to the original Sanctuary will hear references to that work in the piece Aprile, from the New Sanctuary project. The arrival of spring is always an exciting time, and a recent week spent in Bergamo, Italy, reminded me how far back that history goes. The image here is from the street calendar in the old square of Bergamo’s upper city, dating back hundreds of years. The fragments of melody in Aprile are drawn from architectural  planning and thought, design in music having so much in common with planning and construction of physical objects. Marc Ribot is a brilliant harmonist, and Susie Ibarra makes deft use of her microtonally pitch kulintang bells on this piece.

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New Sanctuary | Marzo

posted by russell on March 3, 2016 @ 2:12 pm
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A note from Dave:

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Marzo approximates the saying, built off tiny fragments of that melody that ungirds the entire suite of New Sanctuary, the trio dives into this one full on. Possibly one of the most straight ahead pieces in the suite.

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New Sanctuary | Febbraio

posted by russell on February 5, 2016 @ 5:07 pm
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A note from Dave:

Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra are such exceptional improvisers — this track shows how creatively they approach each composition in the suite. Each of the twelve pieces are written on one single stave. For this one, Febbraio, the material is centered around the key of A major, but how Marc and Susie chose to improvise around the written elements was both  resourceful and surprising. New Sanctuary, the suite, draws on the tone row used in the 1996 composition Sanctuary, but each piece approaches the sequence in a different way. We quickly played through the written material on this one and then developed it in several different new directions on this track.

This trio was a joy to record with. I’m looking forward to releasing the full year’s worth of tracks. Also, the page of sheet music is available for any others that are interested in creating their own versions of this music. Subscribe and write to us to check it out.

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New Sanctuary | Greenleaf Subscription Series 2016

posted by russell on January 29, 2016 @ 6:12 pm
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Greenleaf Subscription Series 2016
Twelve Tracks
Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Susie Ibarra

A series of twelve short compositions, each named for an Italian month of the year. The pieces of New Sanctuary will be released one per month throughout 2016.

Sanctuary, a long-form 2-CD composition for improvisers I created in 1996, instigated an octet in a series of 16 pieces suggesting various improvisational directions. The construction of Sanctuary was directly inspired by the story of the building of the Duomo in Florence by Filippo Brunelleschi. This piece retains the connection to Italy in design and conception.

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The Serial Sessions: Onward Pioneers

posted by russell on December 18, 2015 @ 3:41 pm
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Onward Pioneers, with a nod to Walt Whitman’s Pioneers! O Pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call—hark! how loud and clear I hear it wind,
Swift! to the head of the army!–swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I wrote this piece at Banff after hearing some spectacular bird song on my walk from the hut to the music building. Music remains and will always remain such a powerful, yet ultimately mysterious, force. I stood there listening to that bird thinking, How can I ever make something so easy, full-throated, beautiful, meaningful, and mysterious? I wrote a few call and response ideas and ended up with the melody as it now stands, which feels to me like a year end, holiday type song.

This is the first recording of this piece. I am so grateful for the insight and musicianship of all the musicians in this series. They brought the feeling of this piece to life and made it shine. Chet Doxas, Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston were simply amazing playing these pieces. Serial Sessions was recorded in one day in January 2015, and I sincerely hope you have enjoyed hearing the results all year long. Collecting them all together really does feel like the passing of the seasons.

We decided to wrap up the series with this one and wish everyone a happy, safe, prosperous new year filled with love and joy.

Dave

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The Serial Sessions: November

posted by russell on December 9, 2015 @ 1:47 pm
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The Serial Sessions are here again with a new track entitled November. All the activity around Brazen Heart Live prevented us from getting this to you in the month of November. Nonetheless, we think you will enjoy it. Here are some words about the piece from Dave:

"Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. 103b" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) - Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

“The Return of the Herd” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) – Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

I originally composed November for the album ‘Freak In’ which came out on RCA Bluebird in 2003. It was conceived as part of a suite of pieces inspired by paintings of the Flemish Primitives (another piece from that suite is Mystic Lamb, found as a secret track at the end of that recording). The original title of the piece was The Return Of The Herd, after the painting by Pieter Breugel. Taken out of context, the title felt more plodding and bovine than the music deserved. The Return Of The Herd is a seasonal work, dedicated to the autumn and specifically the month of November. For those of you who still manage cattle, you well know that in November the herd returns from pasture to the barns for the winter. This evokes that special autumnal feeling of nostalgia for the summer, preparations for the winter. That’s what the composition goes for. Hence the title.

Playing these pieces again after so much time is like rediscovering long ago feelings and emotions, reopening the thoughts and concentrations that went into creating them in the first place. And re-imagining them, finding the parts of them that resonate today. Chet, Ryan, Frank, Linda, and Rudy all put a really special vibe on this one.

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Listen now. Dave Douglas Quintet 2015 Live. Last Week.

posted by russell on November 27, 2015 @ 9:06 am
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We’ve been telling you about this historic recording project.

Now it’s here.

Listen.

Buy.

Here are the details:

Here is a taste of Saturday’s set list:

Hawaiian Punch
Time Travel
Be Still My Soul
Brazen Heart
Whither Must I Wander?
Lone Wolf

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The Serial Sessions: Scandal

posted by russell on October 21, 2015 @ 8:30 am
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads


Hello all,

We are releasing a brand new track for our subscribers.

This is part of the Serial Sessions, which we have been releasing once a month since January. We recorded the music in January with Rudy Royston, Linda Oh, Frank Woeste, Ryan Keberle, Chet Doxas and myself. It’s a cool way of releasing special content I can only do because of Greenleaf Music. Scandal is the name of the new track. I wrote it in 2014.

Subscribe now to hear the whole collection. There are two more tracks coming this year, and you can see the Subscriber Downloads archive in its entirety here. Ten years of special releases you can access now to check it out.

RIGHT NOW: Make any purchase at the Greenleaf Music Online Store and get a FREE One Month Subscription so you can check out the music of the Serial Sessions and the whole archive. Buy any item, including sheet music, LPs, CDs, downloads. Come and get it. Catalog is deep.

Special offer starts today and lasts for one week. Thanks! See you out there.

Dave
Linda weighs in on the tune:

“We had played Dave’s tune Scandal many times with the Soundprints band on various tours and at the Village Vanguard. It’s a tune I know pretty well and it’s always interesting to hear tunes played in different contexts, especially with some of the people I hadn’t played with before or had played with very little. I think everyone brought something special to the table.”

One month subscription gives you access to ten years of special subscriber-only content. Includes extra material from all Greenleaf artists and 2015’s Serial Session releases. All trial subscriptions will start on October 27th

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The Serial Sessions: From Thin Air

posted by russell on October 1, 2015 @ 1:05 pm
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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The ninth track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is From Thin Air. Dave Douglas comments below:

Dedicated to Kenny Wheeler: In honor of the closing of 2015 Festival Of New Trumpet Music, Greenleaf releases the single track ‘From Thin Air’ a new composition I wrote in memory of Kenny Wheeler. It features Ryan Keberle, Chet Doxas, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston.

This piece joins the other tracks on the Serial Sessions – tracks released once a month for subscribers and supporters of Greenleaf Music. I am grateful for your support. And I am very proud of this recording and want you to hear it! A few more to come this year.

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The Serial Sessions: Mission Creep

posted by russell on September 20, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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The eighth track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Mission Creep. This track features solos from all of the horn players (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas and Ryan Keberle) and pianist and Frank Woeste.

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The Serial Sessions: Persistence of Memory

posted by russell on August 27, 2015 @ 6:31 pm
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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The seventh track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Persistence of Memory. This track features great solos from Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste who weighs in on the recording experience here:

When asked by Greenleaf to write a short comment on recording Persistence of Memory I was at a small jazz festival in Burgundy, France and although I remember the recording session very well I could not really identify this specific song. Naturally I was eager to listen to it again, 6 months after recording this song in New York .

I remember this particular recording session seemed like a challenge at first: recording 12 songs in one day, with no rehearsal and with musicians I had of course heard of but never played with. Needless to say it worked out great and it was fun playing his music and meeting everybody on this recording! This says a lot about Dave’s approach to composing, it’s very down to the point, you don’t need to rehearse a song for days to make it sound. He also leaves a lot of space for improvisation which makes it sound fresh. I also noted that many times Dave would write a bass line or melody and leave it to the piano to find the right harmony. I definitely liked that idea!

Listening to this track again I was immediately struck by the fact that it takes only about 2 seconds to recognize the music of Dave Douglas, his way to compose music and his sound on the trumpet. It’s that one thing all jazz musicians thrive for, to have a voice that’s unique. Although Persistance of Memory is originally on Dave Douglas In Our Lifetime album from 1993 it could have been written in 2015!

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the songs that’ll be released September through December.

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The Serial Sessions: Cooked Chicken Dance

posted by russell on July 14, 2015 @ 12:18 am
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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Cooked Chicken Dance is the 6th Subscriber track from the Serial Sessions of 2015! Dave has some thoughts about the track below:

Cooked Chicken Dance was originally written for a special trio concert in Trentino with cellist Hank Roberts and banjo player Noam Pikelny, of the Punch Brothers. Ryan Keberle plays a beautiful solo here, and makes the most of all the rhythmic changes that switch between 3 and 4 beats per bar. It’s a thrill to hear Frank, Linda, and Rudy bring so much brilliance and light to this version. I can’t remember why the song has this title. But I think I was writing it in the summer and was putting the finishing touches on it right before dinner.

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The Serial Sessions: Skyscrapers

posted by russell on June 5, 2015 @ 6:10 pm
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Your 5th subscriber track of the year is here! Reedman Chet Doxas talks about recording Skyscrapers:

I’m writing this at the Bronx Zoo and just said out loud, with my ear buds in,  “hey, that sounds like a Dave Douglas tune!” Feeling inspired by the uniqueness and clarity of Dave’s composing, I decided to find out a little more about Skyscrapers and texted Dave to ask if he could explain the meaning of the title (see below for his description, it’s inspiring)

The idea for the tune came years ago, when I first came to NY. I wrote a poem about an experience I had walking on 34th Street. I was intimidated by the bustling crowds and all the competition. The skyscrapers at dusk kind of reminded me of the hustle, and then, as I walked down 34th, the moon emerged from behind one of them and I realized how very small those buildings were in comparison. Kind of put the whole thing in perspective.

I never found a use for the poem or the image, until you and I were working on Riverside and we played Giuffre’s tune, The Train and The River. This felt like a 21st century update of the feeling in that title.

Because we moved so swiftly through this day of recording, it makes it particularly interesting for me to listen back to these tracks every month. I couldn’t say that I remembered recording this piece specifically but, it certainly came flooding back to me within the first five seconds of listening. As anybody who has played with Dave will tell you, his compositions always sound great the first time you play through them and, because he’s so good at getting to the point of each compositional idea, it keeps everyone who’s performing the material fired up and engaged in a fresh sounding way. This is especially obvious by the great solos played by Ryan Keberle and Rudy Royston. Being new in town, I had never met either of them and was blown away by their playing. I’ve have since had the pleasure of listening to them on several occasions and am always excited about how committed they are to interacting with each other while, at the same time, having such command of their instruments and ideas.

I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we enjoyed performing and recording it. While listening, try to picture how much fun we were all having; great pieces and direction from Dave, several new musical meetings among the group, no rehearsals…a kind of “jam session” feel to the whole day.

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The Serial Sessions: Break Me

posted by russell on April 29, 2015 @ 5:29 pm
filed under: Dave DouglasLinda OhRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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If you are a Greenleaf Subscriber you are now able to download your exclusive track for April from Kneebody. We have a bootleg video of Kneebody from their recent tour performing a tune off of their Greenleaf release called “Break Me.” We’re including the original studio version from 10 years ago so you can compare how things have changed and how things have stayed the same for the Kneebody crew. Be sure to check them out this summer in Canada and in Rhode Island. Details here.

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The Serial Sessions: Hypatia

posted by russell on April 3, 2015 @ 8:43 am
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Spring is having a hard time getting out of bed, but the Subscriber Series can help! The Serial Sessions track for March is Hypatia, and trombonist Ryan Keberle weighs in on the track:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

However, with all that being said (and I could go on!) what always first comes to mind when I think about Wayne Shorter is the following story from my days as an undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music studying with the legendary trombonist, Steve Turre.  I was in the final stages of preparing for my graduation recital for which I had programmed the Wayne Shorter tune, “Nefertiti.” The chord progression on “Nefertiti” as it’s played by the Miles Davis Quintet is ambiguous, at best, and in those early days of the internet when Google wasn’t the all-knowing resource it is today, Steve and I decided to turn to the primary source in our quest for the original chord progression. Steve called Wayne one afternoon and Wayne picked up on the first try. After a bit of small talk Steve explained our dilemma and asked Wayne if he wouldn’t mind reciting the chords to us on his tune, “Nefertiti.” With no hesitation Wayne said, “Man, we weren’t playing chords on that tune, we were playing COLORS!”

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The Serial Sessions: Episode for Taslima Nasrin

posted by russell on February 18, 2015 @ 2:53 pm
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The Subscriber Series continues to give! We’ve uploaded The Serial Sessions track for February and we can’t wait to get it to you. The track is called ‘Episode for Taslima Nasrin’ and features Dave Douglas on trumpet. If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

Episode for Taslima Nasrin was originally recorded on Witness, the politically charged large-ish ensemble recording by Dave Douglas. Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi poet and doctor who fled her country in the wake of attacks, both physical and verbal, waged against her after publishing the novel Lajja in 1993. Her opposition to Sharia Law made her a target for fundamentalists who called for a ban of her novel and even offered a bounty on her death. She finally escaped to Sweden in 1994 to become a full time writer and activist. She is active on Twitter at @TaslimaNasreen.

This new performance of ‘Episode For Taslima Nasrin’ brings out the collective strength of the Serial Sessions Players. The poignant harmonies are re-voiced for this more intimate group of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, bass, drums. The smaller instrumentation of this version coaxes nuggets of improvisational moments out of each musician. We know you’ll love it. Download now.

 

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The Serial Sessions: Summit Music

posted by russell on February 3, 2015 @ 3:29 pm
filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)Subscriber Downloads

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A note from Dave:

Some of you will remember it as the opening track on Greenleaf’s first release, Mountain Passages. This is a considerable re-orchestration of the piece, featuring group improvisation with an ensemble of dear Greenleaf family members: Rudy Royston on drums, Linda Oh on bass, Frank Woeste on piano, Ryan Keberle on trombone, and Chet Doxas on clarinet.

Each piece in the Serial Sessions will feature a different musician. I wrote 7 new pieces for this series, and picked some repertory of mine that I felt would resonate with the concept. For example, in November, you will receive a new recording of the song November, which was originally released on my album Freak In.

In September, to mark a new season of the Festival Of New Trumpet Music, we will release an unrecorded composition of mine that is dedicated to the late Kenny Wheeler. It is called From Thin Air. Stick around for this and plenty more new tracks that will be collected in this series.

Sign up now to get your track every month. The recording session was literally last week. I am so thrilled to get this new music to you in this format. It’s a joy to work in new and unexpected formats, and to have Greenleaf Music as a support structure to get it to you. I hope you will enjoy it all: the series, the band, the compositions. And I hope you will spread the word so that more people will hear it. I am relying on all of your for your interest and support to construct and support this revolutionary music company.

2015 will bring a new Donny McCaslin album, a new electric project from me called High Risk, a new recording by my Quintet, and a very special large ensemble recording I created last year in collaboration with Monash Art Ensemble, in Mellbourne, Auastralia. Other projects are also in development.

By taking part as a subscriber, you will be sure not to miss any of the 2015 Serial Sessions. Thanks for listening.
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Subscriber Series: The Serial Sessions

posted by russell on February 3, 2015 @ 10:33 am
filed under: Dave DouglasGreenleaf (News)KneebodyLinda OhRiversideRudy RoystonRyan KeberleSubscriber Downloads

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Hello Friends,

We are very excited about the upcoming year. New releases from Donny McCaslin and Dave Douglas are in sight as we begin to celebrate our 10th year of operation! One of the things that has set Greenleaf Music apart since 2005 is our Subscriber Series. The Subscriber Series has offered a great way to interact with our artists, keeping you up to date on their latest and most compelling work. It’s also a way to gain access to rare and unreleased material through digital downloads and gives an unprecedented glimpse into each artist’s process.

In 2015 we wanted to do something really special on our 10th anniversary: we recorded an album exclusively for our Subscribers. The band is made of Greenleaf Music Alumni (Dave Douglas on trumpet, Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Ryan Keberle on trombone, Frank Woeste on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums) and is 12 tracks long. Kneebody will be contributing an exclusive live track to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their release on Greenleaf, Break Me. This music will only be available on our website (greenleafmusic.com) and will be released one track a month for 12 months. As a subscriber you will have access to super high quality (24/88.2 for the nerds. That’s better than a CD!) downloads of each track as well as behind the scenes pictures and interviews from the recording session. As always, every Subscriber has access to the proprietary Greenleaf Cloud Player that houses every minute of every record (and more) that has ever been released on Greenleaf Music. There is no better time than now to become a Subscriber. In addition, Subscribers get 20% off every item at the Greenleaf Music Online Store and get the first look at new releases and even some leaked tracks!

Want more music? We feel the same way. We look forward to your subscription.


Dave Douglas with The Westerlies

posted by russell on December 16, 2014 @ 10:23 am
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This months subscriber track features Dave Douglas in a live performance with the brass quartet, The Westerlies.  We hope you enjoy!

 

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Dave Douglas Quintet: Be Still My Soul

posted by russell on November 14, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
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November’s Subscriber Track comes from a live performance by the Dave Douglas Quintet. Enjoy!

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Dave Douglas Quintet “One Morning”

posted by russell on November 7, 2014 @ 1:37 pm
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October’s Subscriber Track comes from a live performance by the Dave Douglas Quintet. Enjoy!

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis “Ginastera”

posted by russell on September 12, 2014 @ 1:41 pm
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This month’s Subscriber track comes from trombonist Ryan Keberle, the newest member of the Greenleaf Music family. Here’s what Ryan says about his track Ginastera:

I was first introduced to the Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera, by my mom, Ann Keberle, who is a pianist, music director and piano teacher in Spokane, WA.  She performed Ginastera’s Creole Dance Suite, Op. 15, for her senior recital at Lawrence University and encouraged me to learn the piece on piano when I was in high school (my mom was my piano teacher).  The Creole Dance Suite is composed of 6 contrasting movements that embrace the passion, drama, and rhythmic energy of Argentine folk music with 20th century solo piano music.  I immediately connected with the piece, and in particular, with movements three (which you are about to hear) and six.  In fact, movement three had such an impact on me that my wife and I chose it be performed as a musical interlude during our wedding ceremony!  I’ve done nothing but re-orchestrate the original solo piano arrangement for a pared down version of Catharsis including Jorge on bass and Camila on voice.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Check out his new record Into the Zone if you haven’t already. The official release date is September 30, and subscribers can totally pre-order here.

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Matt Ulery’s Loom+ Live from Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY

posted by russell on August 15, 2014 @ 2:16 pm
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This month’s subscriber track, Shortest Day, comes from a live performance on August 13th, 2013 at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY by Matt Ulery’s Loom+.

Featuring:

Rob Clearfield – piano
Marquis Hill – trumpet
Geof Bradfield – bass clarinet
Anne Drummond – alto flute
Zach Brock – violin
Tricia Park – violin
Maria Jeffers- cello
Jon Deitemyer – drums
Matt Ulery – double bass/composition


Present Joys Bonus Track – “Supplication” Alternate Take

posted by russell on July 23, 2014 @ 11:12 am
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Dave Douglas Quintet “Bridge to Nowhere”

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Riverside bonus track – “Long Sought Home”

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Linda Oh “Blue Over Gold” (Alt Take)

posted by admin on March 20, 2014 @ 5:38 pm
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“Blue Over Gold” – alternate bonus track from Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Live Fall 2013

posted by admin on February 15, 2014 @ 12:46 pm
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Dave Douglas Quintet Live

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Bobby Avey, piano
Luis Perdomo, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

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Rudy Royston – Big Money – bonus track from the 303 sessions

posted by admin on February 8, 2014 @ 3:14 pm
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“Big Money” – bonus track from Rudy Royston’s “303”.

Rudy Royston, drums & percussion
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet
Nir Felder, guitar
Sam Harris, piano
Mimi Jones, bass
Yasushi Nakamura, bass

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Dave Douglas Quintet – “Garden State” – Live from Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle

posted by admin on January 30, 2014 @ 11:07 pm
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“Garden State” played Live in Seattle at the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone
Bobby Avey, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

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Dave Douglas Quintet, “Going Somewhere With You (Take 1)”

posted by admin on October 8, 2012 @ 5:18 pm
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The first take of the Douglas composition Going Somewhere With You from the Be Still recording sessions.

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

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Orange Afternoons Quintet, GPS: Live at Jazz Standard [2011]

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, GPS: Live at Jazz Standard [2011]

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Key Motion Quintet, GPS: Live at Jazz Standard [2011]

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Dave Douglas & So Percussion, GPS: Live at Jazz Standard [2011]

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Key Motion Quintet – Split Personality/Five Hands Down [Digital Single]

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy – United Front (GPS mix)

posted by admin on March 21, 2011 @ 12:00 am
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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.

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Donny McCaslin – What Is This Thing Called Love

posted by admin on January 11, 2011 @ 12:00 am
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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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Dave Douglas Quintet – Live at Village Vanguard, 12-09

posted by admin on December 10, 2009 @ 12:00 am
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Dave Douglas Quintet is: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone; Uri Caine, acoustic piano; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums

Tracklist
1. Handwritten Letter *
2. Bridge To Nowhere *
3. The Law Of Historic Memory *
4. The Presidents
5. Variable Current *
6. Blockbuster
7. War Room

* New compositions.

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy – On Stage (bonus sets)

posted by admin on August 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am
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Two bonus sets from the Spirit Moves two record release shows at Jazz Standard in June of 2009. Set 1 from June 18th, and Set 2 from June 19th are available for purchase at our webstore.

Brass Ecstasy – June 18th, Set 2

1. Great Awakening
2. Mr. Pitiful
3. Rava
4. Fats
5. Twilight Of The Dogs
6. The View From Blue Mountain
7. Spirit Moves

Brass Ecstasy – June 19th, Set 1

1. This Love Affair
2. Orujo
3. Bird: The Construction Company
4. The Brass Ring
5. Bowie

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Michael Bates: Poor Man’s Cure

posted by admin on June 13, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
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An unreleased track from Michael Bates’ Greenleaf debut, Clockwise called Poor Man’s Cure.

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Donny McCaslin: Recommended Tools (Alt Take)

posted by admin on June 13, 2009 @ 6:40 pm
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An alternate take of the title track from Donny McCaslin’s Recommended Tools.

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy – Hope, Prayer For Baghdad

posted by admin on May 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am
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These two bonus track are from the debut album from Dave’s band Brass Ecstasy, Spirit Moves. Same session. Same lineup. Included are the MP3s, FLACs, and Sheet Music pdfs.

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Dave Douglas Quintet – L@TJS Bonus Sets (FLAC)

posted by admin on February 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am
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The two unreleased sets from the extensive 6-night run at the Jazz Standard in 2006 are now available in FLAC format.

Dave Douglas Quintet – December 8th, Set III

1. Little Penn
2. Magic Triangle
3. Redemption
4. Frisell Dream
5. Nine Cloud Dream
6. Just Say This
7. Seth Thomas

Dave Douglas Quintet – December 9th, Set III

1. Waverly
2. Meaning & Mystery
3. October Surprise
4. Seth Thomas
5. Leaving Autumn
6. War Room

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Live at Jazz Standard, BBC Sets

posted by admin on July 8, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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Completing 3 years of downloads exclusive to our Subscribers, the 36th post offers up 12 previously unreleased tracks from the Keystone: Live at Jazz Standard series. These blistering sets were originally streamed through the BBC, and are now available as part of our Subscriber Series.

Dave Douglas & Keystone – April 11, 2008 Set 3

1. Moonshine
2. Silent Stars
3. Sapphire Sky Blue
4. Olive’s Big Mess
5. Porto Alegre
6. Kitten

Dave Douglas & Keystone – April 12, 2008 Set 3

1. Love and Donuts
2. Married Life
3. Famous Players
4. Scopes
5. Dog Star
6. The Real Roscoe

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Scopes

posted by admin on March 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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Subscribers receive another extended cut from the NYC Keystone shows last spring. This month an early version of Scopes that embodies the new Keystone sound being presented on Moonshine, the hybrid live/studio being released in stores next month. Some thrilling interaction between tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland and trumpeter Dave Douglas, as well as stellar playing from Adam Benjamin, Gene Lake, Brad Jones and DJ Olive.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Kitten

posted by admin on February 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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When the Greenleaf offices were alerted to the new Keystone sound, this burner is the one that was put on repeat. This version from the NYC shows we have been showcasing in recent months is slightly groovier than the album cut, but still packs the same roar.

Enjoy!

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Tough

posted by admin on January 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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Tough: As in too bad.

Another choice cut from the Keystone band recorded live in NYC last spring, brought to your hard drive via our Subscription Series.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Flood Plane

posted by admin on December 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Flood Plane, recorded in the Spring of 2007 in NYC by Dave Douglas & Keystone. Keystone is Dave Douglas, Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, Gene Lake, and DJ Olive.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Photosynthesis

posted by admin on November 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Photosynthesis, recorded by Dave Douglas & Keystone in a live performance in Spring 2007, with Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, DJ Olive, and Gene Lake. This is an extraordinary glimpse into the creative process, hearing the tune take shape several months before the tune was recorded for Moonshine.

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Dave Douglas Quintet – October Surprise

posted by admin on October 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Though the obvious choice for our October download, this cut from the 3rd set on the 9th of December is yet another bonus take from the Jazz Standard sets. Enjoy this fall treat complete with solos that burn like dry leaves.

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Mitchell/Bankhead/Drake – Take Refuge

posted by admin on September 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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September’s subscriber download comes from the Indigo Trio of Nicole Mitchell, Harrison Bankhead, and Hamid Drake. With all of the great press that Nicole has been receiving lately–Click HERE to read the Chicago Reader spotlight–we thought it fitting to show off another incredible performance by this trio. Of course, this track is unreleased until now, so enjoy!

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Mabel Normand

posted by admin on August 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Here’s a wilder version of Mabel Normand from last Spring — the recent live tempo is a considerable ramp up, and this version features a harmonically caffeinated Adam Benjamin on modified rhodes and extraordinary drumming from Gene Lake. DJ Olive on turntables, Brad Jones on Ampeg Baby Bass, Marcus Strickland on tenor and Dave Douglas on muted trumpet. Mabel Normand was American cinema’s heartthrob of the ‘teens and co-star in Fatty and Mabel Adrift.

Another beautiful performer whose career ended fast, shrouded in mystery and scandal.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – AWD (2007)

posted by admin on July 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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As a bookend for the past two years of Subscriber Series monthly downloads, we give you a new live version of the first ever monthly download, AWD by Dave Douglas & Keystone. This was recorded live at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam this past May.

Keystone is Dave Douglas, Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, Gene Lake, and DJ Olive.

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Blue Latitudes Trio – Lonely Woman

posted by admin on June 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Last month we brought you the Blue Latitudes Trio playing “Venus Observed.” This month, from that same concert, we give you the show finale: “Lonely Woman” by Ornette Coleman. Dave Douglas, with Mark Dresser, contrabass, and Susie Ibarra, drums and percussion.

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Blue Latitudes Trio – Venus Observed

posted by admin on May 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Venus Observed, with Dave Douglas, with Mark Dresser, contrabass, and Susie Ibarra, drums and percussion. This piece, based on a section of the chamber orchestra piece Blue Latitudes, was recorded live at the same concert in London where Blue Latitudes was given.

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Dave Douglas Quintet (feat. Chris Potter) – Come To Jesus

posted by admin on April 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Dave Douglas Quintet with Chris Potter, Uri Caine, James Genus, and Clarence Penn plays a modern American musical theater classic written by Dave’s high school buddy Adam Guettal. Adam and Dave played together in a band called The Abstract Truth in 1980/81. Adam is now huge, the multi-Tony-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza and other great contemporary music theater works. Dave still plays trumpet.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Olive’s Big Mess

posted by admin on March 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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Olive’s Big Mess (comp. Douglas) – Recorded at the Keystone session, January 20, 2005. DJ Olive (vinyl and laptop), Jamie Saft (wurlitzer and effects), Gene Lake (drums), Brad Jones (ampeg baby bass), Marcus Strickland (soprano sax), Dave Douglas (trumpet). Part of the score for Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1916). This is our reading of the piece, and a pretty informal set of variations and stretching out. Fun. All Olive’s fault.

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Seth Thomas

posted by admin on February 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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February 2007 brings us an alternate take of ‘Seth Thomas,’ from the third set by the Dave Douglas Quintet on December 9, 2006. The title of this piece refers to the clock-maker Seth Thomas. Says Dave:

“When I was growing up this beautiful old metronome was always on the piano–it is embossed with the name Seth Thomas in florid Gothic print. I recently reconnected with this metronome when I was cleaning out my attic. I had forgotten all about it and was really excited because it brought back a lot of memories. However, in storage it lost some of its equilibrium and it now has a very unique, if uneven, perspective on time. I wrote this piece inspired by the new beat.”

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Just Say This

posted by admin on January 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am
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This track was recorded during the third set by the Dave Douglas Quintet at the Jazz Standard on December 8, 2006. First released on the CD Strange Liberation, this version is considerably different in tempo, timbre and tone. Part of that may be just the special vibe of third sets, but part of it is the road-testing this tune has received over the years. ‘Just Say This’ is a personal response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Indigo Trio, Mitchell/Bankhead/Drake – “Wheatgrass”

posted by admin on December 1, 2006 @ 12:00 am
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As a preface to the upcoming Indigo Trio: Live in Montreal Paperback, we give you Wheatgrass, an unreleased 14+ minute live track from these three masters.

Nicole Mitchell – Flute, Harrison Bankhead – Bass, Hamid Drake – Drums

This song is a tribute to the most powerful and energizing food on the planet, wheatgrass!
-Nicole Mitchell

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Adam Benjamin – Conception

posted by admin on November 1, 2006 @ 12:00 am
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An unreleased track from Kneebody keyboardist Adam Benjamin’s new album “It’s A Standard, Standard, Standard World.” The album contains 36 tracks of standard songs arranged and created by Adam using Garageband 1.0 using only the internal sounds. If you don’t recognize the song, it’s George Shearing’s “Conception.” In a recent Greenleaf blog post on the new album, Dave D. says:

“Adam traipses through timbres, textures, and tunings. The variety is astounding. What at first seems to be potentially smirky and sarcastic (though still first-in-the-class brilliant), soon becomes a majestic tour de force. It’s a unique and heart-felt (I believe) tribute to the repertoire. There is so much original thought and material put into this that at times you forget the subtext, only to be jolted back by the clear statement of a melody or a set of chord changes.”

What else can you do with standards that hasn’t been done (short of hiring Rod Stewart)? Adam shines a light. I recommend it highly.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone Live at Banff: Love and Donuts

posted by admin on October 1, 2006 @ 12:00 am
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Any of you who have seen Keystone Live will recognize this tune, but this is the first actual recording of it. This performance was the culmination of a fantastic week for the band in the Canadian Rockies. Joe Ferla was also there that week, and he supervised this recording.

It comes from a concert in which we also played to Arbuckle films and supervised performances of original music by participants in the Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop.

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Dave Douglas – Educational

posted by admin on September 1, 2006 @ 1:00 am
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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 Torn

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Dave Douglas – Pool Sharks

posted by admin on August 1, 2006 @ 1:00 am
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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.

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Meaning and Mystery

posted by admin on July 3, 2006 @ 4:16 pm
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The title track from the album by the same name, recorded at the same session (February 1, 2006) that yielded the Dave Douglas Quintet album Meaning and Mystery (with Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, James Genus and Clarence Penn, recorded by Joe Ferla).

Dave says:
Every now and then you write the kind of tune that people always ask about after the gig. Maybe because I’ve been rummaging around in old hymnals some of that crept into this one. I don’t know. But since it didn’t fit on the album, we’re making it available for your listening pleasure only in this special format. The band sounds so good on this one. I hope you’ll agree.

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Elk’s Club (live)

posted by admin on June 1, 2006 @ 1:46 pm
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Live at the Green Mill, April 29, 2006

More shenanigans surrounding the encounter with furry, antlered beings, this time in front of an enthusiastic live audience at one of my favorite joints: The Green Mill in Chicago. From the stage to you, in just over a month. Features astounding solos from Donny McCaslin and James Genus! –Dave

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Owens

posted by admin on May 2, 2006 @ 1:41 pm
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Dave Douglas Quintet with Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, James Genus, and Clarence Penn. This is another track from the February 1, 2006, Meaning and Mystery recording date with Joe Ferla engineering.

This is a multi-part composition thinking of Jimmy Owens. As usual, the rhythm section is smoking here — the only reason it is not on the record is because of its length. You can enjoy it in full here.

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Dave Douglas – Leaving Autumn

posted by admin on April 1, 2006 @ 1:00 am
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“Leaving Autumn” is one of five extra tracks recorded at the Meaning and Mystery session that were mixed and mastered but not included on the final version of the record. These five tracks are not “outtakes” but tracks Dave recorded specifically to be made available in any number of ways — this first one, as a free monthly download exclusively for our subscribers. A rare cut featuring Dave in a trio setting with two of his favorite players, Clarence Penn and James Genus, “Leaving Autumn” is an especially original reading of the old standard.

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy- I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (live)

posted by admin on March 1, 2006 @ 12:00 pm
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Yes, the classic Hank Williams ballad, in a new bluesy arrangement made especially for Brass Ecstasy. Recorded live at the Jazz Standard during the 3rd annual Festival of New Trumpet Music. With Ray Anderson and Clark Gayton, trombones; Marcus Rojas, tuba; and Gene Lake, drums.

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Dave Douglas – Twelve Degrees Proof (outtake)

posted by admin on February 1, 2006 @ 12:00 pm
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An outtake of Dave Douglas’ “Twelve Degrees Proof” from the “Mountain Passages” recording session. A misstep in the form of the song by one of the players is what caused this one to break down. But for that, this track was sizzling.

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Dave Douglas – Summit Music (alternate take)

posted by admin on January 1, 2006 @ 1:00 am
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An alternate take of “Summit Music” from the Mountain Passages recording session.

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Dave Douglas – Just Another Murder (Brass Ecstasy Version)

posted by admin on December 1, 2005 @ 1:00 am
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“Just Another Murder” is, for me, a title evocative of the daily violent shenanigans at Keystone Studios. In August 2005 I put together a band to celebrate the memory of the great Lester Bowie. I call it Brass Ecstasy. This track, a “cover” of the Keystone tune, was recorded at our first gig, at The Jazz Standard in New York on August 4, 2005. We also played tunes by Hank Williams, Missy Elliott, Rufus Wainwright, and Otis Redding. More to come from this new band in 2006. Long Live Lester. — Dave Douglas

Musicians: Ray Anderson and Clark Gayton, trombones; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Gene Lake, drums; Dave Douglas, trumpet.

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Kneebody – Bub

posted by admin on November 1, 2005 @ 1:00 am
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Composed by Adam Benjamin, “Bub” was recorded at No Big Whoop Studios in 2004 and intended to be a part of the Kneebody debut album on Greenleaf but for time, and other considerations, was left off. It was inspired by a Ben Wendel song called “Hub.”

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Dave Douglas Quintet – Seventeen

posted by admin on October 1, 2005 @ 1:28 pm
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A fascinating 9:00 minute version of this Douglas original from the Live at the Bimhuis performance that was not included in the Paperback Series release because the tape recorder stopped working about 3/4 of the way through. A “partial” track well worth the adventure.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – Luke The Dog

posted by admin on September 1, 2005 @ 12:00 am
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“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.

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Dave Douglas & Keystone – AWD

posted by admin on August 1, 2005 @ 12:01 pm
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A track recorded at the Keystone session and mixed by David Torn but not released.

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