Ryan Keberle's 'The Hope I Hold' gets a Hot Box review in Downbeat

The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis receives the Hot Box treatment in this month's Downbeat Magazine.

In his full review, John McDonough says, "Keberle's lyrical precision and Meza's voice steer through mirror-image crosscurrents and conjunctions."

The three Hot Box are equally kind. Giovanni Russonello:

"Each instrument here maintains its own grain and its own fit within the pocket. And thank goodness for that sense of amalgamated looseness. With Catharsis, Keberle always seems to be hinting at something dangerous, maybe the danger of getting lost. This time, swimming in more colors, the music really starts to go there."

Ammar Kalia:

"A beautifully optimistic selection of compositions from Keberle accompanied by Meza's soaring vocals. Highlights come on the opening suite and closing track, using a Langston Hughes poem as an incisive counterpoint to Trump's shortsighted sloganeering."

James Hale:

"Musical polemics never have held much attraction for me, but Meza puts Keberle's lyrics across so sweetly that the punch comes swathed in silk. The pair's connection creates a shimmering contracts to the tougher elements beneath."

Downbeat subscribers can read the full review here and the Hot Box review here. The album is available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes.

JazzTimes reviews Ryan Keberle's 'The Hope I Hold'

More press for The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis!

In JazzTimes, critic J.D. Considine sums up his review with the following: "The hope I hold is that Keberle and Catharsis will make more such optimistic and provocative music."

You can read the full review here. The album is now available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis celebrate 'The Hope I Hold' at Jazz Standard

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis celebrate the release of The Hope I Hold at New York's Jazz Standard tonight!

The band will include guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza, saxophonist Scott Robinson, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Eric Doob on drums.

Tickets and details can be found here. See you there!

The album is available on Bandcamp and iTunes. And you can streamit on on Apple Music and Spotify.

Ryan Keberle's 'The Hope I Hold' reviewed by Wall Street Journal

Martin Johnson reviews the new album from Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, The Hope I Hold.

He says of the band's fifth album:

"The mu­sic on the record­ing both ex­pands and stream­lines the band’s sound. Mr. Keberle is heard on key­boards on some tracks, and the songs swell and re­cede in a grace­ful way rem­i­nis­cent of the Maria Schnei­der Or­ches­tra. Word­less vo­cals, lyrics and so­los emerge from gor­geous weaves of mu­si­cal tex­tures. Yet for four songs of the 56-minute pro­gram the band re­duces to a trio of Mr. Ke­berle, Ms. Meza and Mr. Roeder, and the sound be­comes more in­ti­mate."

You can read the full review here. The album is now available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes.

The band plays an album release show tomorrow at Jazz Standard in New York City. Details and tickets here.

Dave Douglas to present masterclasses July 22-23 in London, England

Following the ENGAGE Tour in Europe July 14-21, Dave Douglas will present for two days of enlightening and enlivening interactions in London, England. The workshops will take place at the Vortex Jazz Club as follows:

Monday, July 22 - Trumpet Masterclass
Dave will talk about performance, specific to brass, but also encompassing work on other instruments. Topics like time, tone, practice, air flow, flexibility, articulation, and phrasing as they all interact with improvisation will be discussed. Bring your axe! Tickets here.

Tuesday, July 23 - Composition Masterclass
Dave Douglas will talk about composition, including his own works and those of his colleagues. Dave will also give some hands-on direction for composers: suggestions, exercises, and ways of looking at the topic which aim to open every mind and every ear. Dave’s approach is to work with each musician holistically, working with the person as they come. This is a great opportunity for anyone just beginning to write, or for long time practitioners. Bring manuscript paper! Tickets here.

Known for his work as an educator at the institutions such as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada and Juilliard and Mannes School of Music in New York City, as well as many workshops and residencies around the world, Dave's insights on practicing and writing music are sure to inspire.

Check out the information below and sign up today!

July 22 and 23
Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

Dave Douglas ENGAGE tours Europe in July

ENGAGE, the new group from Dave Douglas, makes it's European debut this month!

Featured in our 2019 Subscriber Series, the band features Anna Webber (alto and bass flutes, tenor sax), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jeff Parker, (guitar) Nick Dunston (bass), and Kate Gentile (drums).

Details and ticket links are below. See you out there!


July 14 Lausanne, Switzerland | Festival de la Cité | Details
July 16 Munich, Germany | Unterfahrt Jazzclub | Details
July 17 Warsaw, Poland | Pardon To Tu | Details
July 18 Cologne, Germany | Stadtgarten | Details
July 21 London, England | The Jazz Cafe | Details

Preview the ENGAGE series on Bandcamp and SoundCloud. And join us as a subscriber to gain access to the entire ENGAGE series and much more.

New York Times previews Ryan Keberle & Catharsis show at Jazz Standard

In today's New York Times, Giovanni Russonello previews next week's album release show for Ryan Keberle and Catharsis.

Speaking of Ryan's new album, The Hope I Hold, say says, "all those tones give the music a lovely, splayed-out energy, turning his sighing compositions into big, open canvases."

Read the full piece here.

The band plays Jazz Standard on July 17 with vocalist Camila Meza , saxophonist Scott Robinson, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Eric Doob Details

Purchase the album on Bandcamp and iTunes now.

Pop Matters reviews Ryan Keberle's 'The Hope I Hold'

PopMatters has posted a review of The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis.

Will Layman goes deep on this record, saying, says, "Ryan Keberle and Catharsis prove why they are one of the most progressive bands in modern jazz." He ends his review with this summary:

"I admire every piece of this band and every recording, and I find the combination of voices often daring and thrilling. With so much brilliance on the table ... the challenge may now be to direct the music toward a more focused identity.

If anyone is up to that challenge, it is Ryan Keberle, whose music seems to grow each year in depth and daring."

You can read the full review here. The album is now available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Step Tempest reviews Ryan Keberle's 'The Hope I Hold'

Thanks to Richard Kamins for reviewing The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis on his Step Tempest blog.

His reviews are always thorough and thoughtful. Here's a nice summary quote:

"Ryan Keberle & Catharsis continue to make relevant music, the writing continues to mature, and the musicianship is of the highest caliber. Now that Ms. Meza's immense talent is being put to its full use, next time around, perhaps Scott Robinson will get to employ his full array of instruments. Imagine that!!"

Read the full piece here. The album is now available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Note from Dave June 29, 2019

Correction June 29: it has been pointed out that the correct pronunciation is mar-EYE-kuh VEEN-ing. We regret the error. As you were.

Update June 30:  Thank you for all your notes and emails. I really appreciate hearing from you. Dave


Dave here. Thanks for reading these! And thanks to all of you who mention them in our "in real life" interactions. I appreciate being part of such a vibrant creative community.

First, a new release day for Ryan Keberle, whose The Hope I Hold is a stunningly beautiful recording featuring vocalist and SONY Masterworks artist Camila Meza. Proud to see this one out there and I love the album cover.

Second, I'm taking ENGAGE on the road! Check these European dates with Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile. And dig the new track featuring trumpeter Riley Mulherkar that comes out next week!

Third, a new artist for Greenleaf Music! I am super proud to announce that we will be releasing Metropolis Paradise by the brilliant drummer and composer Mareike Wiening. We have all agreed that the phonetic pronunciation is mar-EYE-kuh WEEN-ing. But please do not hesitate to send us your thoughts on how to say her name. Mareike's band features Rich Perry, Dan Tepfer, Alex Goodman, and Johannes Felscher and aside from being wonderfully creative players, they have also agreed to hear from you. Can't wait to share her record with you.

And on any and all other topics. I love hearing from people. Your message comes directly through to me.

And let me remind you to JOIN US by subscribing! This new model is crucial for us and we count on the community to be with us in this endeavor. Thanks to each and every one of you.


New Artist: Mareike Wiening

We're excited to announce that we're releasing a new album by drummer and composer Mareike Wiening! 'Metropolis Paradise' will be released on November 1st and will feature Rich Perry, Alex Goodman, Dan Tepfer, and Johannes Felscher.

Stay tuned for more details!

'The Hope I Hold' from Ryan Keberle & Catharsis is available now

It's release day for the Ryan Keberle & Catharsis album The Hope I Hold!

After four acclaimed studio albums, it’s the first Catharsis release to feature the genius multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson on saxophone, alongside band veterans Keberle, Camila Meza, the Peruvian-born bassist Jorge Roeder and the drummer Eric Doob. The new album also marks the debut of Meza as the group’s guitarist, in addition to her often wordless contributions as a vocalist.

Inspired by the poetry by Langston Hughes and the music of South America, trombonist Keberle expands his musical contributions on both vocals and keyboards throughout the album. Also featured is the band-wthin-a-band Catharsis Trio that includes Keberle, Meza, and Roeder, who present four tunes that fit seamlessly with the album's aesthetic.

Order the album from the online outlet of your choice here. When you purchase the album from our Bandcamp store, you'll receive the an exclusive bonus track, 'Out of the Rack and Ruin.'

Ryan will take his Catharsis band on a US release tour starting on July 6. Full details here.