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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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Metamorphosis | Pegasus

Dave Douglas, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura, Matt Mitchell. I went with the harmon mute on this one with Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Kris Davis on mostly prepared piano (let’s say, definitely not “unprepared”), and Matt Mitchell on modular synth. Not a configuration I had ever found myself in. This one is highly conversational, keeps wanting to go into tempo, flirting with it, and flying away. I love how Kris’ preparations of the piano match the timbres of Matt’s synth. The ending of this piece felt like it could go on and belong to entirely other world of music. Pegasus flying.

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ANFTD #46: Carla Bley and Steve Swallow

Dave travels north to visit Carla Bley and Steve Swallow in their home, where countless gigantic recordings were made. Carla is joining Riverside this season for new music and actual tour dates. Check your local listings. Topics discussed include: Hiring weirdos for the band, Jail time for Steve, Mutinous bandmates, Finding your own sound by actually working on it every day of your life, The Beauty of broken pump organs, And The Sullen good looks of a certain Mr. Andy Sheppard (why Carla added Andy to the Duo). Musical excerpts span their 50 year history together.

Carla Bley and Steve Swallow
Willow, New York

1. Major from Are We There Yet? 1998
Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (electric bass)

2. Walking Batteriewoman from Social Studies 1980
Michael Mantler (trumpet), Carlos Ward (alto saxophone),Tony Degradi (tenor saxophone), Gary Valente (trombone), Joe Daley (euphonium), Eark McIntyre (tuba), Carla Bley (organ, piano),Steve Swallow (bass), D. Sharpe (drums)

3. Why from Escalator Over The Hill with Paul Haines 1971
Linda Ronstadt (voice), Charlie Haden (voice), Michael Mantler (trumpet), Sharon Freeman (horn), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Jack Jeffers (trombone), John Buckingham (tuba), Perry Robinson (clarinet), Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Chris Woods (bari sax), John McLaughlin (guitar), Carla Bley (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums)

4. Gary Burton: A Genuine Tong Funeral: Opening & Shovels 1967
Gary Burton (vibes),Larry Coryell (guitar), Steve Swallow 9bass), Lonesome Dragon (drums), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Mike Mantler (trumpet), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba, bari sax), Carla Bley (piano, organ, conductor)

5. Liberation Music Orchestra: The Ending Of The First Side 1969
Perry Robinson (clarinet), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Dewey Redman (alto and tenor sax), Don Cherry (cornet), Mike Mantler (trumpet), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Bob Northern (horn), Howard Johnson (tuba), Carla Bley (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums)

6. Steve Swallow Quintet: Unnatural Causes 2011

7. Steve Swallow Quintet: Suitable For Framing 2011
Chris Cheek (tenor sax), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Carla Bley (organ), Steve Swallow (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums)

8. Musique Mécanique I 1978
Michael Mantler (trumpet), Alan Braufman (alto sax), Gary Windo (tenor sax), John Clark (horn), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Bob Stewart (tuba), Terry Adams (electric pump organ), Carla Bley (organ, toy piano), Steve Swallow (bass), D. Sharpe (drums), Karen Mantler (glockenspiel)

9. Grand Mother 2002
Lawrence Feldman, Wolfgang Puschnig, Andy Sheppard, Craig Handy, Gary Smulyan (reeds), Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, Giampaolo, Casati (trumpets), Jim Pugh, Gary Valente, Dave Bargeron, David Taylor (trombones), Robert Routch (horn), Karen Mantler (organ, glockenspiel), Carla Bley (piano, conductor), Stevce Swallow (bass), Billy Drummond (drums), Don Alias (percussion)

10. Enormous Tots 1973 NO STEVE!
Julie Tippets (voice), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Howard Johnson (voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, baritone and bass saxophones, tubas), Dave Holland (bass), Michael Mantler (trumpet), Toni Marcus (violin, viola), Carla Bley (voice, recorders, piano, electric piano, clavinet, organ, marimba, celeste, percussion), Paul Motion (drums, percussion)

11. Andando El Tiempo: Camino Al Volver 2015
Andy Sheppard (tenor sax), Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (bass guitar)

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