Finylly some vinyl ~ Spark Of Being: Expand

Posted by: admin on September 10, 2010 @ 8:19 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Spark Of Being
Dave Douglas, Spark Of Being Expand LP

This hand-numbered limited pressing on 160 grams of virgin vinyl is now in our office ready to ship. Instead of shrinkwrap, we’ve included a resealable 3 mil PolyPro sleeve to protect your wax. Your needle will thank us later. Happy spinning of the first ever Dave Douglas LP!

All of you who have preordered and purchased the Spark Of Being: Expand LP saw a shipping notification earlier this week. We were happy to finally get those out the door — being our first foray into wax, we found out vinyl production takes a bit longer than CDs. Again apologies for the delay.

Spark Of Being: Expand is the centerpiece of the trilogy. Clocking in just over 40 minutes, the record is as concise of a record as Greenleaf has released. Using this one as the launching point, you can go back and check out the Soundtrack and all it’s textures and soundscapes, and then go forward to Burst for the alternate themes penned for the project. All is full of funk and electronica elements. Check out tracks from each at the links to the GLM store above. And preorder the 3CD Box here.


DJ Olive – Let Us Live Mix

Posted by: admin on September 2, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
Filed under: Listening, Spark Of Being

There’s a great mix with Olive’s name on it streaming (download it, too) over at PercussionLab.

Dub is about space. The space where guitars used to be, the space between beats, the space that echos create. DJ Olive absorbed this maxim in the 90’s, when you were still sucking pacifiers on the dancefloors of abandoned warehouses. He invented the term illbient, only to later claim the term was a joke. He’s one of the few dj’s successfully riding the line between in your face artistic expression and dancefloor palatability. from sound installations at Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, to freaking the bins at Dub War over the last few years, he’s both an entertainer and an educator.

This mix is a dub mix from a NYC originator – it’s about space, man. Light one up, lay back, and enjoy.

Whereas we don’t recommend the first of those three things, the latter two are easily done. Happy listening.

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via ABS: The New Sounds Of Trumpet

Posted by: admin on August 31, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
Filed under: Listening, Music Technology

ABS just posted a feature on the trumpet titled Miles Beyond: The New Sounds Of Trumpet. Of course, we here at Greenleaf are fans of the instrument. And there are some great tunes streaming from Forbes Graham, Peter Evans, Kris Tiner, Nate Wooley, and Toshinori Kondo. Great feature. Reminded me of the D:O post Dave did awhile back.

So much cool stuff happening with this instrument. Hard to absorb it all.

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Brass Ecstasy hits Newport

Posted by: admin on August 5, 2010 @ 7:22 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News)
Brass Ecstasy at Newport

East-coasters, be sure to check out the Brass Ecstasy set this Sunday at the Newport Jazz Festival. Those not able to attend can check out WBGO’s live broadcast from the fest. Gonna be great.

The last two Brass Ecstasy shows this year are at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel. Click here for more info on those concerts and the clinic with Dave.

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Video: Visualizing New Music, Ligeti

Posted by: admin on August 3, 2010 @ 10:00 am
Filed under: Culture, Listening

I always love following along with visual charts like this. Wish that iTunes would have something like this for a visualizer option for new music compositions. Maybe a more nerdy software will come to be with charts accompanying the music.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars for pointing us to this great vid.

Plenty more on the Tube. Been digging this playlist from the user d21d34c55.

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Subscribercast Update: How the Creature was made.

Posted by: admin on July 22, 2010 @ 9:03 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Listening, Spark Of Being, Subscriber News

As we roll out the preorder for the second piece of Spark Of Being, we also launch a new Subscribercast. The newest addition is a continuation of Dave detailing tracks from the aforementioned trilogy release. This time, subscribers get an in depth look at the Creature Theme — from the morse code rhythmic breakdown, to isolating some of the many sound sources used, to the final versions.

Be sure to check out the Travelogue subscribercast as well, if you missed it.

More Subscribercast updates coming soon. More exclusive downloads as well. For now, enjoy the new podcast and the exclusive first listen of Expand.

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Inspiraling: Telematic Jazz Explorations

Posted by: admin on June 10, 2010 @ 11:57 am
Filed under: Events

Check this out…

An unprecedented concert of new jazz works with renowned composers and performers for the telematic music medium. Telematic music is real-time performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. Performers will be located in New York and San Diego, playing together as one trans-continental ensemble in real-time and “real-space”. There will be local audiences as well as a world-wide webcast. The music explores elements of jazz fused with artistic properties of telematic technology including multiplicity, heterophony, swing, polyphony, synchronicity, and nodality. The transparent densities and intensities are manifested to create this new music reality of telematic jazz.

Composers – Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Oliver Lake, Sarah Weaver
San Diego Performers – Hafez Modirzadeh saxophone,Michael Dessen trombone, Alex Cline, percussion, Mark Dresser, contrabass
New York Performers – Amir ElSaffar, Oliver Lake, saxophone, Min Xiao-Fen , pipa, Gerry Hemingway, percussion, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Steinhardt School, New York University
35 W. 4th Street, 6th Floor – New York NY, 10012

Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA), University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive – La Jolla, CA 92093-0436

Tune into the video webcast here on Sunday.

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Nels on Miles

Posted by: admin on May 27, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Filed under: Listening, Music

A cool new podcast just posted over at with Nels Cline talking about his introduction to Miles, the electric years with John McLaughlin, and it’s lasting influence on his own playing. Always great to hear artists talking about artists. Especially when it’s one of my favorite guitar players talking about my favorite Miles period.

And that reminded me of a post from awhile back that Dave wrote on the Complete Cellar Door recordings — one of my favorite of the Artist Thoughts posts. The archives of this blog have 5 years worth of these great posts. It’s been on my list of things to do to go through and repost some of these. Here’s a start anyway.

Illuminations on the Cellar Door
April 25th, 2006 | Author: Dave Douglas

I was listening to Miles Davis’ 1970 recordings from the Cellar Door, a space in Washington, DC. These recordings went into making the album Live Evil in 1970. It is an absolute classic of an album, and yet it falls in that controversial zone that separates lovers of early Miles from those entranced by the second half of his recorded tenure, the electric years.

Much has been said about Miles Davis and his music. Sometimes too much, and for that reason I have hesitated to jump in. But in the words of trombonist George Lewis, music doesn’t speak for itself. We have to talk about it because it doesn’t talk. I imagine Miles having the last laugh because like it or not everyone is still talking about his music. I’ll at least try to be concise.

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Subscription Redux

Posted by: admin on May 21, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Filed under: Listening, Spark Of Being, Subscriber News


As many found out via email this week, we launched a new Subscription Series. The expanded benefits lists includes an exclusive first listen of Dave’s new record, Spark Of Being: Soundtrack (the first release in a trio of releases slated for a Box Set release).

If you are a Subscriber, or become one, all you have to do is sign into your account at the store (the store recognizes your subscriber account), go to the Spark:Soundtrack album page, and click on the tracks. (We’re working a on Play-All function to update soon)

Once you are signed in at the store, you can play all of our front-line titles in their entirety as many times as you want. This is included in all new levels of Subscriptions. Plus you can get higher percentage discounts than before, access to the new Subscribercasts, et al. Updates with streaming our Full Book packages coming soon.

For the Subscriber Downloads Blog with the massively large 10+ hours of unreleased content, you sign in at the same place with the same user/pass just as before. Newbies will get an email with user/pass for this blog if they subscribe at the higher two levels. We’ll update you with a new track to download soon.

We built the new system with help from our subscribers. We hope you’ll continue to send us your feedback, suggestions, or funny stories about running into Dave at the local pool (thanks, John T!).

Happy weekend.

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A Single Sky @ RUM

Posted by: admin on May 5, 2010 @ 8:45 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (News), Listening

Check out the stream posted at the Portuguese Radio Universitaria do Minho site of Dave’s bigband album, A Single Sky with Jim McNeely and Frankfurt Radio Bigband.


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