UPLIFT | Four: Truly the Sun

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UPLIFT FOUR: TRULY THE SUN

Excerpt from a poem written in 1911 by Japanese author and feminist Raicho Hiratsuka.

We are no longer the moon.
Today we are truly the sun.
We will build shining golden cathedrals
at the top of crystal mountains, East of
the Land of the Rising Sun.

Women, when you paint your own portrait,
do not forget to put the golden dome at
the top of your head.

Women’s empowerment, equal treatment, education, and health care are issues that intersect with every cause and movement. There is so much that has to change and this issue in particular can feel overwhelming. It impacts all walks of life, including, sadly, my particular area in music and the arts. It’s being addressed at a time when it seems our leaders want to take us backwards in time with their disregard for women. Expanding our consciousness is one thing we can all contribute, but we also must wherever possible join the fight for equal pay, equal rights, equal respect. I hope you will join me in supporting Off The Sidelines and Rise to Run, two nonprofits encouraging women to run for office, and Planned Parenthood, an essential organizer for women’s health and reproductive rights. I’ll be making donations and I hope you will join me. There is so much to be done and there are so many empowered women doing something about it.

This link is to Raicho Hiratsuke's autobiography, In The Beginning, Woman Was The Sun.

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ANFTD #49: Evan Parker

A Noise From The Deep, the Greenleaf Music Podcast, is proud to present this conversation with Evan Parker, one of the most important saxophonists, composers, and musical thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Evan talks about his early musical experiences in, and out of, botany school, as well as his development of solo performance and his compositions for large ensembles of improvisers. Thanks to The Royal Academy of Music in London and its director Nick Smart for facilitating this discussion in front of a live audience.

Photos here are from the performance of Eight Elements of Change, by Dave Douglas, in January 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music, and featuring every one of its students. Thanks to photographer Simon Jay Price for the shots!

Titan Moon
Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink

Sankt Gerold Variation 1
Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips

Karyōbin Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Evan Parker - Soprano Saxophone
Kenny Wheeler - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Derek Bailey - Electric Guitar
Dave Holland – Bass
John Stevens - Drums

BOUSTROPHEDON

EVAN PARKER, THE TRANSATLANTIC ART ENSEMBLE
Evan Parker - Soprano Saxophone
Roscoe Mitchell - Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Anders Svanoe - Alto Saxophone
John Rangecroft - Clarinet
Neil Metcalfe - Flute
Corey Wilkes - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nils Bultmann - Viola
Philipp Wachsmann - Violin
Marcio Mattos - Cello
Craig Taborn - Piano
Jaribu Shahid - Double-Bass
Barry Guy - Double-Bass
Tani Tabbal - Drums, Percussion
Paul Lytton - Drums, Percussion

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UPLIFT | Three: Every Town

UPLIFT THREE: EVERY TOWN

Responding to the current political and social climate of the United States and beyond, the UPLIFT Subscriber Series features twelve new Dave Douglas compositions for a new sextet that features Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Bill Laswell and Ian Chang. Challenging himself, and all of us to consider how we can contribute to positive change in our communities, we’re releasing a new track each month throughout 2018. Each piece highlights a specific social cause and references organizations doing important work.

Every Town is a powerful organization pleading for common sense gun controls in the United States. Action on this issue is so over due it is simply heartbreaking. This week we have been hearing from teenage survivors of a school shooting in Florida. We must listen and change our ways. We must give them the space and support to force change at the electoral level. We cannot continue to accept military weapons freely flowing in our streets. There are powerful organizations working on this issue. I hope you will join me in supporting them.

Ana Grace Project named for the daughter of Nelba Marquez-Greene and Jimmy Greene. They bring great resources to schools and communities across the country. Their motto: Love Wins.

Everytown for Gun Safety is closely allied with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Both are indispensable in making this issue heard in the corridors of power. They will be pushing for teenagers and families to be heard during this crucial time for change.

Join the campaign for sensible gun safety laws and politicians who are brave enough to support them. The struggle continues in the ballot box this November. Let’s do everything we can to love and support our families, friends and communities.

- Dave

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Scandal

The second album by Sound Prints celebrates unity in divided times, featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh and Joey Baron. Available worldwide April 6.

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Co-leaders Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas have become revered figures in the modern jazz landscape. Throughout their stunningly diverse careers, both artists have absorbed the rich lessons of history and the free, seeking spirit of the forward-thinkers, bringing the entire spectrum to bear on their intensely individual voices. That, in essence, is the Scandal that Douglas had in mind when he penned the title track for the second album from his and Lovano’s co-led quintet Sound Prints.

“We’re not playing by the traditional, or school-taught, rules of jazz,” Douglas explains. “The ‘Scandal’ in question refers to our questioning of everything about the assumptions made in improvisation. To plumb the depths of the unknown in this day and age has become all too rare and risky, and this band courts that sensibility.”

There’s no greater living exemplar of that attitude, of course, than the iconic saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter, who has obstinately followed – or, more appropriately, carved – his own path for more than half a century, from his time with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis’ unparalleled Second Great Quintet to his pioneering work as co-founder of the fusion group Weather Report, and on into his envelope-pushing modern quartet.

Shorter was the guiding light behind the formation of Sound Prints, whose name is a play on his classic piece “Footprints.” His influence also lives on in the remarkable bandmates that Douglas and Lovano invited into the project: pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and veteran drummer Joey Baron. “From the beginning,” Lovano says, “Wayne Shorter has inspired us to be ourselves in the music and our lifetimes through whatever social struggles that might arise.”

Given the tempestuous nature of our current political moment, there’s an inevitable message to be taken away from all of this: namely, that what divides us isn’t nearly as severe as we imagine, and we can all make progress by celebrating those common principles that unite and inspire us. However unintentional the social commentary, that inclusive outlook has always been central to jazz, and it rings out loud and clear through the music of Sound Prints.

“After the history of our country over the last two years,” Douglas admits, “the sense of the word ‘scandal’ has changed and this title has come to, by default, refer to what’s happening in the newspaper. I won’t disown that, but our ‘Scandal’ exists right there in the music.”

“Sound Prints is a free-flowing, joyous expression of music in the social environment we live in today,” adds Lovano. “We dare to improvise and create music within the music — in a democratic way each piece comes to life on its own.”

In keeping with Shorter’s fiercely original attitude, Sound Prints focuses primarily on original compositions by Lovano and Douglas. Their self-titled debut, recorded live at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival, also included two new Shorter pieces composed especially for the band. This time around, the co-leaders’ nine new pieces are supplemented by a pair of reimagined Shorter classics: “JuJu” (arranged by Lovano) and “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum” (arranged by Douglas).

The two leaders had crossed paths on rare occasions for nearly twenty years before forming Sound Prints. Douglas was one of the special guests on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note release Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two, and their respective tenures with the SFJAZZ Collective overlapped for three seasons, including one in which they explored the repertoire of Wayne Shorter.

The release of Scandal marks the first time the pair has recorded a full studio album of material together, however, and reveals a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits. Since the release of Sound Prints their collective voice has only been further honed on stages around the world, making this follow-up an even more thrilling proposition.

“The language of our playing has certainly evolved,” Douglas says. “The whole concept of playing in dialogue, the collective spirit, the sharing of different roles, has grown with each successive concert and tour.”

Track Details:
1. Dream State (Douglas)
2. Full Sun (Lovano)
3. Fee Fi Fo Fum (Shorter, arr. Douglas)
4. Ups and Downs (Douglas)
5. The Corner Tavern (Lovano)
6. Scandal (Douglas)
7. Juju (Shorter, arr. Lovano)
8. Mission Creep (Douglas)
9. Full Moon (Lovano)
10. High Noon (Lovano)
11. Libra (Douglas)

Personnel:
Joe Lovano, tenor and G mezzo soprano saxophones
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Lawrence Fields, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Joey Baron, drums

Production Credits:
Produced by Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded by Tyler McDiarmid at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY on September 4, 2017
Assisted by Todd Carder
Mixed and Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Cover photo by Austin Nelson
Musician photos by Merrick Winter
Design by Lukas Frei


UPLIFT | Two: Lift All Boats

 

UPLIFT TWO: LIFT ALL BOATS

This month’s piece is dedicated to the movement for wealth equality and fairness. This is a huge issue with many moving pieces. Certainly, we need to urge our political leaders to consider economic fairness for all. There are many approaches to the problem, but it seems first we need to elect leaders who are interested in finding the solutions. This musical piece is a plea for thought and action towards wealth equality. There are many wonderful people and groups working on this; I look forward to continuing to learn how we can help support all of our brothers and sisters. And meanwhile hope you’ll join me in supporting these organizations:

National Committee On Pay Equity
My Brothers Keeper Alliance
New York Common Pantry

I have found that Charity Navigator is a good way to find more information about causes and organizations.
– Dave

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ANFTD #48: Ingrid Jensen

The great trumpeter and composer Ingrid Jensen joined Dave Douglas for an afternoon chat.

Check out her site for lots of great information and details. Here is the music that plays during this episode:

Steve Treseler Group featuring Ingrid Jensen
Center Song, CMA records, 2013
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Steve Treseler, saxophones
Dawn Clement, piano
Jon Hamer, bass
Steve Korn, drums

Ingrid & Christine Jensen
Infinitude, Whirlwind Recordings, 2016
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Christine Jensen, alto saxophone
Ben Monder, guitar
Fraser Hollins, bass
Jon Wikan, drums

Ingrid Jensen
At Sea, Artist Share, 2006
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Geoffrey Keezer, piano, keyboards
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums
From At Sea, 2005

David’s Angels with special guest Ingrid Jensen
Traces, Kopasetic Productions 2017
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Sofie Norling: vocals
Maggi Olin: rhodes/piano
David Carlsson: electric bass
Michala Østergaard-Nielsen: drums/percussion

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Metamorphosis | Ursa Major

Ursa Major is the final piece in the cycle of twelve that make up Metamorphosis. I am honored to have recorded this work with masters of improvisation Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, Matt Mitchell, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura and Andrew Cyrille. Improvisation is about constant listening and learning, being a clean slate, deeply receptive to every event. Hearing all twelve pieces back to back, each one a different combination of the players, is an illuminating view into the art and craft of these very special artists. Hearing all eight of us together on this final piece is exhilarating. So many great collisions and juxtapositions, I will refrain from pointing them out and let the listener discover and enjoy.

It is a supreme pleasure to record these series every year, and I look forward to more dialog with the Greenleaf community and its growing family of listeners. Thank you for being a part of it.

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ANFTD #47: Charles Tolliver, Keyon Harrold, Meghan Stabile

Panel discussion led by Dave Douglas with Charles Tolliver (FONT Award Winner), Keyon Harrold (The Mugician), and Meghan Stabile (Revive Music). Held during the 15th Festival of New Trumpet Music. Topics include Charles’s founding and maintaining of the record label Strata East in the early 1970s, his interactions with Blue Note, as well as new paths in self determination for creative artists then and now. Keyon and Meghan speak powerfully on redefining current music and empowering oneself to take ownership of its presentation. Thanks FONT Music for sponsoring this event. See a photo of Charles’s award at the website.

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Metamorphosis | Perseus

Perseus. In which Dave gets to play with four of his heroes. Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Andrew Cyrille. What a dream come true. I’m humbled by these great improvisers—the dynamics in action here are astounding. I loved especially playing with fellow trumpeter Wadada on this session, the call and response both challenging and energizing. Coming around to Perseus (after starting in on Andromeda) feels like a call back to that earlier piece. This is the second to last piece in the series. Thanks for listening. And if you are just joining us, enjoy the whole suite!

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