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Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 18, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Greenleaf (News), Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Subscriptions

Dear Friends,

As you probably know, Greenleaf Music has offered a subscription plan for several years. What you may not know is how much unreleased music is available with your subscription!

I want to let you know that we are reviving the track-a-month additions to our Subscription Series. January featured the Dave Douglas Quintet playing “Garden State” live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. February features an extra track from Rudy Royston’s fantastic new CD, 303, called “Big Money.” The rest of this year will see extra tracks from Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, Matt Ulery, and additional tracks from yours truly, Dave Douglas.

Additionally, I selected an album length collection of exciting Dave Douglas Quintet recordings from Fall 2013. This collection features songs from the albums Be StillTime Travel and Pathways. It also features–aside from quintet members Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston–special cameo appearances from pianists Bobby Avey and Luis Perdomo.

Dave Douglas

This new Dave Douglas Quintet Live Fall 2013 album will automatically become part of the Subscription Series. If you’re already a Level 2 or Level 3 subscriber, you know how to find it. Enjoy! And if you want to take advantage of all of this special music, please consider joining those who have access.

Subscriptions also include: special updates about Greenleaf Music activities, discounts at the store, the use of our proprietary Cloud Player to stream our entire catalog, as well as the potential for free tickets and backstage visits with the artists. Visit our subscriptions page to find out more.

Please consider joining us and hearing all this music. We appreciate the support.

Dave

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Brass Ecstasy on JazzSet

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on April 7, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News)

Featuring cuts from their performance at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival. Listen to the broadcast here. Many thanks to the folks at NPR for their support of this great music.

Pick up a copy of United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport at our store, iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, or your local record shop.

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Childhood Sympathy

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on April 4, 2011 @ 9:19 am
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Listening

Tomorrow, April 5th, sees the release of the debut recording by saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald, Community Immunity. Thanks to all of you who have preordered the title this past month.

We released the title track via Soundcloud when we launched the preorder. And now, you can check out track two called, Childhood Sympathy.

Help propagate this great music by sharing this track, or the title track, on your blog, Facebook page, or Twitter. Curtis and Greenleaf thank you.

More music at soundcloud.com/greenleaf_music

Serving as a record release show, those of you in NYC can check out Curtis and band at Littlefield in Brooklyn on April 17th with Chris Speed‘s yeah NO. Info here.

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Two new albums available now for preorder.

Posted by: admin on March 4, 2011 @ 10:51 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Curtis Macdonald (news), Dave Douglas (News)
Dave Douglas, United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport

Dave Douglas | United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport

Originally recorded by WBGO Jazz 88 and presented as part of NPR’s live concert series, this remastered 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. 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.” -Dave Douglas

Stream and share a track: “United Front”
Curtis Macdonald, Community Immunity

Curtis Macdonald | Community Immunity

Greenleaf Music is proud to release saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald’s debut album, Community Immunity. 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.

“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.” -Dave Douglas

Stream and share a track: “Community Immunity”

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McCaslin Vid

Posted by: admin on December 13, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News)

Whew! What a day… I started working my way through all of your orders of Donny’s latest and subsequently broke my printer with all the use! Certainly worse problems to have, though. Thanks to all who jumped on this.

I just spotted a video that was just uploaded to YouTube. Check it below.

No info on where that’s from, but I’m assuming it’s from last tour. Tune is called “M” from Declaration.

Dig? Well then… Share It. Check out the L.Z.C.M. page at SoundCloud. You can embed that audio directly onto your site, or share via Facebook, Twitter, or wherever.

Alright, chalk up another Monday.

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The Creature's Education: Tree Ring Circus

Posted by: admin on October 19, 2010 @ 9:21 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Updates), Events, Spark Of Being

Here’s a clip from the Spark Of Being film by Bill Morrison from his Vimeo feed.

Some great visuals there. The audio, of course, is from Dave Douglas & Keystone. The track: Tree Ring Circus, from the Spark Of Being releases.

Make sure to check out the East Coast Premiere of the film this weekend at the Highline Ballroom. Tickets and info here.

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The Creature’s Education: Tree Ring Circus

Posted by: admin on @ 9:21 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Events, Spark Of Being

Here’s a clip from the Spark Of Being film by Bill Morrison from his Vimeo feed.

Some great visuals there. The audio, of course, is from Dave Douglas & Keystone. The track: Tree Ring Circus, from the Spark Of Being releases.

Make sure to check out the East Coast Premiere of the film this weekend at the Highline Ballroom. Tickets and info here.

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Mike Reed's People, Places and Things

Posted by: admin on October 18, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Filed under: Chicago News, Listening

There’s a nice read over at Washington City Paper with Mike Reed, the great Chicago drummer. I’ve seen him several times but haven’t caught his band People Places and Things — check out Reed’s blog for a few pieces on the project. Sounds really great from what I’ve been listening to just these past few minutes.

But back to the WashCity Paper interview…

Washington City Paper: People, Places and Things was formed specifically to explore the music of Chicago in the mid-to-late ’50s. What is important about that era?

MR: It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. People think about Chicago jazz in terms of the AACM and the Chicago Underground of the ’90s, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Austin High Gang, or maybe Louis Armstrong when he first came here from New Orleans. This is the link between them.

There was so much going on in Chicago at that time, from folks like Sun Ra, Frank Strozier, Booker Little, and the jam-session culture that existed there at the time. I heard a whole hourlong interview not long ago with Sonny Rollins, about when he was in Chicago and living at the Y, and one of his memories was that there were just so many more places to work, even more than in New York. And that kind of fell apart because of that myopic view that New York is the place to be, and when great Chicago musicians like Clifford Jordan and Wilbur Ware decided they had to move to New York, it killed that culture not just in Chicago but in Detroit and Philadelphia.

Also thanks for the Dave Dougals shout out, Mike. Check out the whole interview here.

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Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things

Posted by: admin on @ 2:40 pm
Filed under: Chicago News, Listening

There’s a nice read over at Washington City Paper with Mike Reed, the great Chicago drummer. I’ve seen him several times but haven’t caught his band People Places and Things — check out Reed’s blog for a few pieces on the project. Sounds really great from what I’ve been listening to just these past few minutes.

But back to the WashCity Paper interview…

Washington City Paper: People, Places and Things was formed specifically to explore the music of Chicago in the mid-to-late ’50s. What is important about that era?

MR: It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. People think about Chicago jazz in terms of the AACM and the Chicago Underground of the ’90s, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Austin High Gang, or maybe Louis Armstrong when he first came here from New Orleans. This is the link between them.

There was so much going on in Chicago at that time, from folks like Sun Ra, Frank Strozier, Booker Little, and the jam-session culture that existed there at the time. I heard a whole hourlong interview not long ago with Sonny Rollins, about when he was in Chicago and living at the Y, and one of his memories was that there were just so many more places to work, even more than in New York. And that kind of fell apart because of that myopic view that New York is the place to be, and when great Chicago musicians like Clifford Jordan and Wilbur Ware decided they had to move to New York, it killed that culture not just in Chicago but in Detroit and Philadelphia.

Also thanks for the Dave Dougals shout out, Mike. Check out the whole interview here.

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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.

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