More Music for Large Ensemble.

Posted by: Dave Douglas on October 15, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

In 2008, when I first started writing for jazz orchestra / big band / large ensemble / whatever you want to call it, a suite was created for the festival JazzBaltica in Salzau, Germany, and played by the NDR band based in Hamburg. Three of those pieces ended up on the CD ‘A Single Sky,’ released last year: The Presidents, Campaign Trail, and Blockbuster [vid].

Dave Douglas, A Single Sky

The remaining pieces are still here in my files and I have been going back through them for the last few days. It is amazing to look back in hindsight and see things you would have (should have) done differently. I have begun the revision process and I’m grateful for all I have learned playing these charts with excellent musicians around the country. It’s a joy to work with these old friends again — you spend so much time working with large ensemble scoring, the notes become your companions — and I will get a chance to hear the updated versions soon. As well as hopefully putting them on wax at some point.


RE: The LA Band at the Bowl.

Posted by: admin on July 30, 2010 @ 7:59 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (News)

Posted at the LA Times…

In a rumpled shirt and straw hat fit for a Brooklyn block party, downtown New York trumpeter Dave Douglas showed a different side to his always eclectic tastes, leading his band through fluid, expansive selections from “A Single Sky,” an album released last year that was Douglas’ first big band recording.

Arranged by keyboardist [Jim] McNeely, Douglas’ lyrical set departed from the usual big band sound with energetic flashes of Latin jazz and funk, gaining strength as it slowed to an atmospheric purr for the evocative “The Persistence of Memory.” With the bandstand bathed in red light, Douglas and crew took the Bowl to a dark, noirish place highlighted by a giggling, gurgling trombone solo by Ed Neumeister, whose deft work with a mute had his horn occasionally resembling Peter Frampton’s talk box.

Full article

Frampton, eh? Man, wish I could have been there.


A Single Sky Sheet Music Update

Posted by: admin on October 27, 2009 @ 11:37 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (News)

Release day is always one for news and updates.

This morning we updated the digital sheet music piece of the A Single Sky release with the four Jim McNeely arrangements. These charts are meticulously put together as you may expect, as are the three DD charts we originally posted. They’re all up now at our store and ready for your eyes.

For those who ordered the CD + Sheet Music bundle, we sent an email to you this morning. I’ve heard back from most, but not all. If you are one who ordered and did not receive and email from us regarding this update, email the help@ address and we’ll take care of you pronto.

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FLAC: What it is. Why you want it. How to use it.

Posted by: admin on October 9, 2009 @ 10:10 am
Filed under: Listening, Music, Music Technology

We want you to know about FLAC files because it’s a relatively new way of downloading excellent sounding music. Sounds better than MP3, sounds as good as a CD, uses no packaging or shipping products, has all the artwork embedded. Greenleaf Music’s owner, Dave Douglas, went through this process reluctantly and came out the other side a convinced FLAC user. Now you can, too!

Downloading a Greenleaf FLAC is the same as downloading an MP3, they’re just larger files because they are uncompressed and therefore sound better. After downloading the FLAC track, here are a couple options of how to get going:

If you use iTunes, the only way to play FLACs is by using Fluke. It’s a free software available here. Right-clicking on the FLAC file and choosing Open With > Fluke will import the FLAC into your iTunes where you can then play it with no problem.

You can also convert the FLAC file using a program called Max. WAVs and AIFs are the formats used to press CDs and are supported in iTunes without any software add-on. Simply select what format you’d like to convert to in the Max > Preferences > Formats window. Then drag the file(s) into the Max window and click Convert. Those files can be added directly to your iTunes or burned to a CD that will match the sound quality of a CD you’d receive from us. (Update: Using a PC? Check out dBpoweramp for converting)

For folks not tied to iTunes, you can use a number of FLAC players out there. We recommend the recently discovered Songbird (thanks to Gary, one of our new subscribers). Songbird looks and feels like iTunes, so it’s easy to get set up.

Internet speeds are getting faster, and hard drive space is getting larger and cheaper with every second. Lossless files like FLACs are here to stay and great for folks like me who are not audiophiles but enjoy listening to quality music in the best way they can. These suggestions and directions are a good place to start. And I’ll be around to answer any questions you have as best I can.

Everyone has their own method for organizing their digital files — feel free to pass on yours in the Comments Section.


A Single Sky Preorder Launched

Posted by: admin on September 30, 2009 @ 9:44 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (News), Music
A Single Sky Cover

Click on the Terry Winters cover art above to get to the A Single Sky album page at our store where you can get more information on the project, stream the record in full, watch videos, sample sheet music, and read the full liner notes by Darcy James Argue.

Preorders will ship nearer to release day (October 27th).

Sheet music orders will include the three Douglas arrangements to start. Expect an update with the four McNeely arrangements before the aforementioned release day.