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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD

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Dave Douglas United FrontBrass Ecstasy At Newport ... CD
Greenleaf, 2011. Used ... $6.99
Brass Ecstasy indeed – a really wonderful group with trumpet from Dave Douglas, French horn from Vincent Chaney, trombone from Luis Bonilla, and tuba from Marcus Rojas – plus a bit of added drums from Nasheet Waits! With instrumentation like that, there's a definite dose of New Orleans roots in the music – yet there's also a lot of Douglas' compelling modernism at play, too – kind of a tension between the timeless and the immediate – handled here with a heck of a lot more soul than usual from Dave! There's no overdone cliches, no hokey brass band modes, just a really compelling array of sounds that reminds us that great musicians can always work new wonders with older formats. Titles include "Rava", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "United Front", "Bowie", and "Spirit Moves". CD

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisFind The Common Shine A Light ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A beautiful project from trombonist Ryan Keberle – one that follows his excellent previous work with his Catharsis group, but a set that also uses a vocal group as well – which adds a whole new dimension to the music! The songs have a spiritual power that really lives up to the title – as the core jazz instrumentation blends with the voice of guitarist Camila Meza – who's appeared on other records with Keberle, but seems to really be hitting her stride here – delivering songs with a message that's only amplified by the richness of Ryan's work on trombones and Fender Rhodes, alongside trumpet from Mike Rodriguez, bass from Joerge Roeder, and drums from Eric Doob. Sometimes Meza sings wordlessly, but in a way that still carries a lot of meaning – and other times the larger group really comes through to give her support. The trumpet and trombone have this great way of flowering together, which always seems to hint at new beginnings – and titles include "Become The Water", "Al Otro Lado Del Rio", "Ancient Theory", "Strength", "Mindfulness", and "I Am A Stranger". CD

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✨✧ Dave DouglasBrazen Heart ... CD
Greenleaf, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful title for this killer from trumpeter Dave Douglas – as the record's one of the boldest, most on-target sets he's had in years – a record that takes us back to his roots, as Douglas works with a quintet of well-chosen younger players. The lineup features Jon Irabgon on tenor, Linda Oh on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Matt Mitchell on piano – players who move soulfully with Dave's trumpet in an almost effortless way – embracing his sense of soundshaping and rhythmic progressions, but also finding plenty of space for their own individual contributions too. Most tunes are Douglas originals, and brilliantly written – and titles include "Brazen Heart", "Hawaiian Punch", "Inure Phase", "Lone Wolf", "Ocean Spray", and "Pyrrhic Apology". CD
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✨✧ Greg Ward & 10 TonguesTouch My Beloved's Thought ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Greg Ward's group here is named 10 Tongues – a great label for an ensemble that's overflowing with individual voices on their instruments – less a big band than a combo that can bring together so many different tones and colors at once! Ward himself is wonderful on alto, but maybe even more impressive as both the leader and composer here – writing in this fresh voice that's extremely positive and uplifting, but without ever resorting to any cloying cliches – and the group seems to respond by playing his music with a sense of joy and discovery at each new twist and turn! Players include Keefe Jackson on baritone and tenor, Tim Haldeman on tenor, Ben LaMar Gay on cornet, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Norman Palm on trombone, Christopher Davis on bass trombone, Jason Roebke on bass, Marcus Evans on drums, and Dennis Luxion on piano – on titles that include "Singular Serenade", "Daybreak", "Grit", "With All Your Sorry Sing A Song Of Jubilation", "Dialogue Of The Black Saint", and "Gather Round The Revolution Is At Hand". CD

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✨✧ Riverside (Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/JNew National Anthem ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dave Douglas has always been a hell of a trumpeter, but he's also always been smart enough to realize that he sometimes hits some of his greatest strengths in collaboration – as he does working here with the excellent Riverside quartet! The group's first record was inspired by the music of Jimmy Giuffre – but this time around, they seem to have expanded their vision – working with some tracks by Carla Bley, but also some great work of Dave's, too – in a style that really finds a new space for the trumpet of Douglas, alongside the saxes and clarinet of Chet Doxas, drums of Jim Doxas, and electric bass of Steve Swallow! The legendary Swallow works here in a way that's sometimes subtle, but extremely effective – often creating this gentle pulse around which the horns are free to circulate in space – soaring together, shaping new sounds, and really pulling an amazing performance out of both players. Jim Doxas' drums are equally understated, in a really great way – and titles include "King Korn", "View From A Bird", "Old Country", "Never Mind", "New National Anthem", and "Enormous Tots". CD

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✨✧ Dave Douglas & High RiskDark Territory (with download ) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from Dave Douglas and his High Risk quartet – a group who definitely step into dark territory here, in a heady blend of electric elements and Dave's bold frontline work on trumpet! The group electric bass, electric drums, and more electronics – plus some acoustic drums – yet somehow manage to come across with a very organic vibe, and one that's quite different than you might expect – especially in comparison to other trumpet-led projects like this, which often have the leader processed and filtered into the mix. Instead, Dave's sound is as rich and warm as ever – never a slave to the backings, and instead right out front ahead of them – blowing with lines that arc and turn beautifully, and remind us what a personal, poetic soloist Douglas can be. Titles include "Celine", "Ridge Hill", "Mission Acropolis", "All The Pretty Horsepower", and "Loom Large". LP, Vinyl record album
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