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Dave DouglasBrazen Heart ... CD
Greenleaf, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
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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Dave DouglasHigh Risk ... CD
Greenleaf, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Dave Douglas is a man of many colors – all of them great, and painted with the rich hues we've come to expect from his work on trumpet! This time around, Dave's got a group with a fair bit of electric elements – so much so, that the few acoustic elements come from Douglas' work on trumpet, and some bass and drums. All other elements are improvised and electronic – which makes for a very unusual setting for Dave's trumpet – one that's still quite jazz-based, but which often draws a lot from the strong interplay between the horn and the backdrops – a bit like older work by musicians like Jon Hassell or Tomasz Stanko, but far more focused and expressive than either of them. Where others might use the setting to slide into too-mellow, too-sloppy styles, Dave seems to get even sharper than usual – and really wows us with his interaction with the group! Titles include "Cardinals", "Tied Together", "High Risk", "First Things First", and "Molten Sunset". CD
Also available High Risk (with download) ... LP 14.99

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Dave DouglasHigh Risk (with download) ... LP
Greenleaf, 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
Dave Douglas is a man of many colors – all of them great, and painted with the rich hues we've come to expect from his work on trumpet! This time around, Dave's got a group with a fair bit of electric elements – so much so, that the few acoustic elements come from Douglas' work on trumpet, and some bass and drums. All other elements are improvised and electronic – which makes for a very unusual setting for Dave's trumpet – one that's still quite jazz-based, but which often draws a lot from the strong interplay between the horn and the backdrops – a bit like older work by musicians like Jon Hassell or Tomasz Stanko, but far more focused and expressive than either of them. Where others might use the setting to slide into too-mellow, too-sloppy styles, Dave seems to get even sharper than usual – and really wows us with his interaction with the group! Titles include "Cardinals", "Tied Together", "High Risk", "First Things First", and "Molten Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available High Risk ... CD 9.99

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Dave Douglas & High RiskDark Territory ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
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". CD

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Dave Douglas/Monash Art EnsembleFabliaux ... CD
Greenleaf, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Trumpeter Dave Douglas works here with a special group of musicians from Monash University in Australia – a larger array of reed, brass, and string players who really let Dave's music take off in rich new dimensions! The sound of the tunes is still very Douglas-like, but the execution is very special to this session – as four reed players, two trumpet players, a trombonist, four string players, and percussion and electronics expand out the sound in these really great ways – with some especially great moments from Fender Rhodes, electronics, and pitched percussion – which all add in the sorts of tones we might not expect on a record from Dave. The music gets somewhat "out" at points, but always retains that tonal brilliance that Douglas has given us right from the start – and finds a path back to clear colors that resonate strongly long after the record is over. Titles include "Gears", "Forbidden Flags", "Wagon Wheel", "Tower Of The Winds", "Legions", and "Frieze". CD

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisAzul Infinito ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless vocals from singer Camila Meza! Meza's very much her own artist – and works here with a mode that is more instrumental than lyrical – singing with these great tones that create a sense of flow and glow in the music – never gimmicky, and never in some of the more forced ways that singers might have used the approach in the 70s. Meza sings lyrics at a few points, but what we really love are these wordless lines – blended in alongside the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez, drums of Eric Doob, and beautifully warm basslines of Jorge Roeder. Titles include "La Ley Primeira", "Cancione Mandela", "Quintessence", "Mr Azul", "She Sleeps Alone", "Madalena", and "I Thought I Knew". CD
Also available Azul Infinito ... CD 7.99

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisAzul Infinito ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. Used ... $7.99
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless vocals from singer Camila Meza! Meza's very much her own artist – and works here with a mode that is more instrumental than lyrical – singing with these great tones that create a sense of flow and glow in the music – never gimmicky, and never in some of the more forced ways that singers might have used the approach in the 70s. Meza sings lyrics at a few points, but what we really love are these wordless lines – blended in alongside the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez, drums of Eric Doob, and beautifully warm basslines of Jorge Roeder. Titles include "La Ley Primeira", "Cancione Mandela", "Quintessence", "Mr Azul", "She Sleeps Alone", "Madalena", and "I Thought I Knew". CD
Also available Azul Infinito ... CD 9.99

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Riverside (Dave Douglas)Riverside ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A really great project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a group dedicated to the legacy of reedman Jimmy Giuffre, and which certainly follows the spirit of his smaller combos without any piano! Riverside featuers the trumpet of Douglas and saxes and clarinet of Chet Doxas – a player who's got a sharper edge than Jimmy, but who definitely shares his spirit of sound shaping and rhythmic construction. The quartet also features old Giuffre partner Steve Swallow on bass, plus Jim Doxas on drums – and the music, while in a mode that honors the legacy of Jimmy, also has some of that greater Americanist sensibility that Douglas has brought to his recordings over the years – in a way that does plenty to tie Giuffre's inventions back to a larger jazz tradition. Titles include "The Train & The River", "Thrush", "No Good Without You", "Big Shorty", and "Backyard". CD
Also available Riverside ... CD 5.99

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Riverside (Dave Douglas)Riverside ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. Used ... $5.99
A really great project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a group dedicated to the legacy of reedman Jimmy Giuffre, and which certainly follows the spirit of his smaller combos without any piano! Riverside featuers the trumpet of Douglas and saxes and clarinet of Chet Doxas – a player who's got a sharper edge than Jimmy, but who definitely shares his spirit of sound shaping and rhythmic construction. The quartet also features old Giuffre partner Steve Swallow on bass, plus Jim Doxas on drums – and the music, while in a mode that honors the legacy of Jimmy, also has some of that greater Americanist sensibility that Douglas has brought to his recordings over the years – in a way that does plenty to tie Giuffre's inventions back to a larger jazz tradition. Titles include "The Train & The River", "Thrush", "No Good Without You", "Big Shorty", and "Backyard". CD
Also available Riverside ... CD 9.99

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Matt UleryWake An Echo ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99 14.98
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene – but he's also got a wider vision, too – one that has the longer pieces stretching out with a compositional vision that goes way beyond just small combo jazz – a really wonderful sense of tones, timings, and layers – served up by a quintet that includes Geoff Bradfield on bass clarinet, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Rob Clearfield on piano and accordion, and Jon Dellemyer on drums. The mix of bass clarinet and trumpet is wonderful – all fluttery and shimmery over the blocky rhythms of the group – and the record has a bold sense of energy that never lets up. Titles include "In Every Lonely Chamber", "Coriander", "Over Under Other", "My Favorite Stranger", "Carefree", and "All The Riven". CD

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✨✧ Greg Ward & 10 TonguesTouch My Beloved's Thought ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Dave DouglasThree Views (Rare Metals/Orange Afternoons/Bad Mango) (3CD box – with postcards) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2011. Used 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Three views – all of them great, and all a rich testimony to the always-inventive sounds of trumpeter Dave Douglas! The package features three very different albums, wrapped up in a multi-faceted demonstration of Douglas' talents – the first a compelling session titled Rare Metals – which features the trumpet working with other brass from Vincent Chaney on French horn, Luis Bonilla on trombone, and Marcus Rojas on tuba – all working together with drummer Nasheet Waits as if they were a more regularly-constructed combo – with all the swing that might imply! Titles include "Town Hall", "Night Growl", "Lush Life", "Thread", and "Safeway". Orange Afternoon is an especially beautiful record – very rich in feeling, and with a tone and pacing that really fits the title! Douglas still has some sharp edges on his horn, but also relaxes into a more gentle groove too – working with Ravi Coltrane on tenor, Vijay Iyer on piano, Lindah Oh on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Coltrane's horn provides just the right sort of soulful companionship to Douglas' trumpet – and Iyer's piano still has that way of blocking out the sound, yet with less forcefulness than on some of his own records – leaving Dave to be the real creative guiding force of the set. Titles include "The Gulf", "Valori Bollati", "Solato", and "Frontier Justice". Bad Mango features Dave's So Percussion group – a quintet that has Douglas' trumpet working with some nicely skittish rhythms – in ways that really bring out a lot of sharp changes to the tunes – ones that Dave is only happy to meet with quick, inventive lines on his horn. There also might be a bit of electronics, although we can't tell for sure – as it may be some acoustic sounds, handled playfully – and titles include "One More News", "Bad Mango", "Nome", "Witness", "Spider", and "One Shot". CD
(Out of print. Includes original box and postcards!)

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✨✧ Rudy Royston303 ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first album as a leader from drummer Rudy Royston – a player we've enjoyed for years in the company of others, and one who emerges here with a really fresh voice of his own! Rudy's drums are bold, but also have this way of opening up and allowing magical interplay between all the other members of the group – a warm combo that features Jon Irabagon on saxes, Nadja Noordhuis on trumpet, Nir Felder on guitar, Sam Harris on piano, and either Mimi Jones or Yasushi Nakamura on bass. The guitar and piano combo is wonderful – ringing with these compelling chromes, especially on the tracks that feature Jones' wonderfully soulful work on bass. Most tracks are originals by Rudy – furthering the personal voice of the record – and titles include "Mimi Sunrise", "Play On Words", "Miles To Go", "Gangs Of New York", "High & Dry", and "Bownze". CD
 
 
 



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