SUBSCRIBER SERIES // ENGAGE: How Are The Children? - Track 3

ENGAGE Three: How Are The Children?

Rev. Traci Blackmon brought my attention to this expression from the Maasai. It resonates on so many levels. It came to me around issues towards sensible regulation of firearms in this country. To save lives. A majority of us want it. We have to fight for it by calling our representatives and joining groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in the legislative battle. We need to take care of our children. This is an issue that intersects with so many others. So we stand up to make sure that Our Children Are Well.

Dave Adewumi is the guest trumpeter extraordinaire. He takes the solo here. Anna Webber also plays tenor sax here. Tomeka Reid, Jeff Parker, Nick Dunston and Kate Gentile shine.

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Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY December 3, 2018.

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ANFTD #61: Anna Webber

Dave and Anna talk about how she develops her elaborately wrought compositions and her surprising sources and inspirations. Her path as a player of flutes and saxophones. Highlights her new release on Pi Recordings, Clockwise. Anna has a good radio voice.

About Anna:
Anna Webber is a New York-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. Her new album, Clockwise, featuring a septet comprised of several of the most creative musicians working in New York’s avant-garde, will be released on Pi Recordings in February 2019.

Webber’s other projects include her Simple Trio, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell, and a big band co-led with Angela Morris. She has performed and/or recorded with projects led by artists such as Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, John Hollenbeck, and Geof Bradfield, among others.

Webber is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She has additionally been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation (2015) and residencies from the MacDowell Colony (2017), the Millay Colony for the Arts (2015), and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2014). In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. Webber is originally from British Columbia.
 

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Edited by Geoffrey Countryman
Photo by Peter Gannushkin


SUBSCRIBER SERIES // ENGAGE: In It Together - Track 2

ENGAGE Two: In It Together

This second piece in the ENGAGE suite forefronts the struggle for wealth equality worldwide. Inequality is one of our most pressing problems, exacerbating many of our other challenges.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) works on these issues in institutions, with public financing towards sustainable economic growth, ‘green growth’ strategies and equality in the workplace. The OECD recent Secretary-General's report says we have reached a tipping point. Inequality can no longer be treated as an afterthought. We need to focus the debate on how the benefits of growth are distributed.

As we play this piece, we stay engaged in this common goal for all global citizens, our commitment to pitch in on the enormous tasks in front of us. All of us.

As a composer, I foresaw the music being released track by track. I like the idea that a listener would focus on a single track for several weeks, perhaps reflecting on its inspirations, and be open to the news of the next track as it is revealed. Hope this mode of release resonates.

Anna Webber plays bass flute on this track.

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY December 3, 2018.

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ANFTD #60: Kate Gentile

Extraordinary drummer, composer, percussionist Kate Gentile talks with Dave about her compositions, her album, Mannequins, and her wide ranging collaborations with Matt Mitchell, Adam Hopkins, Jeremy Viner, Dustin Carlson, Snark Horse and others. Also covered: her use of technology, singing into her phone, pronunciation of her name, the syncopation of Brooklyn heating pipe noise, and more. Kate is wearing the Agoraphobic Nosebleed hoodie in the ENGAGE band photo.
 

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Edited by Geoffrey Countryman
Photo by Anna Yatskevich


ANFTD #59: Nabaté Isles

NSI Universal recording artist Nabaté Isles joins Dave to discuss his new album Eclectic Excursions, finding a voice, blending of influences, as well as his Sports Talk TV show, ‘So Much To Talk About.’ And lots of music. Catch Nabaté at the Jazz Standard on January 29th and link to him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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SUBSCRIBER SERIES // UPLIFT: Truth is Truth – Track 12

UPLIFT Twelve: Truth is Truth

For truth, wisdom and understanding.

Facts, objective research, science and the nature of truth are some of our most precious assets as humans. Lately, they are being challenged, denied, and even vilified. We must stand with the truth, wisdom and understanding and continue to seek them out in our communities.

Denial of man-made climate change is one of the most foolish examples of avoiding the facts. With dire consequences. Willingness to ignore facts in public discourse has become one of the central scourges on our polity.

One thing we can all do is support good local journalism. Subscribe to a newspaper, support your local public radio station. Listen to the voices in your community and do the research, make a judgment about what is true. Truth is still truth, despite what you hear from the current administration. Truth is not a cudgel to beat your opponent, truth is the basis of humble and effective citizenship.

Join us, and enjoy this track dedicated to the cause and featuring Bill Laswell, Ian Chang, Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage.

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ANFTD #58: Melvin Gibbs

Dave talks to legendary bassist, composer, producer Melvin Gibbs. They talk about heritage, lineage and where the music comes from, Gullah Geechee culture in Gibbs's family, playing with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, Defunkt and Joe Bowie, Arto Lindsay, Pete Cosey, close friend and ally Vernon Reid as well as plenty of other music and musicians. Melvin talks about his new recording with the trio Harriet Tubman (with Brandon Ross and J.T. Lewis), The Terror End of Beauty, available now on vinyl, digital and CD.

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Connect with Melvin on Twitter here.
 

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Unveiling ENACT

On December 1, at Zürcher Gallery in New York, we will have a work in progress 'soiree' unveiling my new compositions called ENACT. The following week I'll be recording them for the subscription series of 2019.

This concert is by invitation (no charge). Subscribers to the label have already been invited. Join us as a subscriber to RSVP and be there (AND get access to our full catalog of recordings and much more).

On December 1: Dave Douglas and David Adewumi, trumpets; Anna Webber, flutes and tenor; Jeff Parker, guitar; Nick Dunston, bass; Kate Gentile, drums. On the recording we will also be joined by Tomeka Reid and Riley Mulherkar.

This is an informal insider unveiling for family and friends. We'd love to see you there. Send us word.
- Dave

Update: ENACT is now called ENGAGE


SUBSCRIBER SERIES // UPLIFT: The Garden – Track 11

UPLIFT Eleven: The Garden

Working for clean air, clean water, parks, greenery, sacred lands, national monuments, and the health of this planet we all share.

In addition to our track this month, we are joining Endless Field, who have organized a benefit concert for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called LIVING EARTH 2018. The night features an incredible roster of musicians donating their performances: Catherine Russell, Camila Meza and Fabian Almazan. Endless Field will be playing as well, premiering new music with a string quartet. The concert is on November 26 at 7pm at Saint Peter's Church in New York City. The guest speaker will be Eric Goldstein, New York City Environment Director and Senior Attorney for the NRDC.

Join us, and enjoy this track dedicated to the cause and featuring Bill Laswell, Ian Chang, Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage.

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ANFTD #57: Marilyn Crispell


Pianist and composer Marilyn Crispell joins Dave Douglas to discuss her music, collaborations, composition and her life as a self-described “traveling bum.” This brilliant musician describes her own personal and spiritual transformation upon hearing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. And goes on to talk about her education and her work with Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Barry Guy and many others. Includes music from many of her recent collaborations with musicians as diverse as Gunhild Seim and David Rothenberg, Tanya Kalmonovitch, Harvey Sorgen and Joe Fonda, Raymond MacDonald, and Tsiji Muñoz.

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ANFTD #56: Rudy Royston introduces Flatbed Buggy

Special edition: Recording made and edited by Rudy Royston about his new record Flatbed Buggy on Greenleaf Music — release date October 26, 2018. Thrilled to post this on the Greenleaf podcast feed. Enjoy. Back with a new interview episode soon!

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Voting Rights Project and Bandcamp - Benefit!

We are really excited about this initiative from Bandcamp. We are pledging to match Bandcamp’s donations from our own sales this coming Friday in honor of the Voting Rights Project.

And if you are NOT registered PLEASE register and vote. We need you. November 6 is right around the corner and we can make change if we simply show up. Join us!