Von Freeman: One Remembrance

Others will no doubt express themselves in writing about the late, great tenor saxophonist Von Freeman better than I ever could but I'm not sure the written word is necessary anyway. Here is seven minutes of tenor saxophone mastery that's all you really need in order to know the man and what mattered to him.

Matt Ulery’s By A Little Light, now available for preorder.

We're always really excited about music that begs you not to define it, music that is truly unique and individual, music that is a deeply emotional and reaches people. Lucky for us, Matt Ulery sent us his new 2-disc album "By A Little Light" late last year.

Deeper Than Happy, Album Track + Remix

Click to listen to the studio version and the remix of Linda Oh's "Deeper Than Happy."

Why Spotify is the best, and the worst.

Spotify raises some serious issues for artists and independent labels these days. Jim Tuerk, who works with us here at Greenleaf Music, has done a lot of thinking (and a lot of listening) around Spotify and other music services. He wrote some of his thoughts down recently and I believe Greenleaf followers will find them interesting and thought-provoking. Enjoy. —Dave Douglas

Linda Oh, Initial Here [Preorder, First Listen]

We're happy to announce the preorder of Linda Oh's album Initial Here—her second album as a leader, and her first for Greenleaf. Get your order in at iTunes for the MP3s, or at the Greenleaf store for the CD (ships 5/22). We're also happy to let our subscribers know that the album is up in-full at the Cloud Player for an exclusive First Listen. And any new subscriber that wants to hear it, your new subscription comes with a free copy of the CD (ships 5/22).

For Levon.

Dave asked me to post about Levon Helm knowing my love for his music. Dave actually got to play with him on the record Jericho. All of us at Greenleaf mourn the loss. My heart sank a little bit earlier in the week when I heard that Helm's family issued their statement of his decline. After losing his voice a few years back from radiation treatments only to regain it and reinvigorate his career, I guess I hoped he'd pull through, again—he was only 71.

Stream “Ultimate Persona” by Linda Oh from her forthcoming album “Initial Here”

Stream "Ultimate Persona" from Linda Oh's album "Initial Here" released on Greenleaf Music May 22nd, 2012. PERSONNEL: Linda Oh, bass; Dayna Stephens, tenor sax; Fabian Almazan, piano; Rudy Royston, drums

Dave Douglas: American Maverick Playlist at WQXR

"America's musical history is filled with bold original thinkers, composers who court enormous risk by departing from 'standard operating procedure,' musicians who take it upon themselves to envision an unfettered way forward in music, and sound artists who venture to the very roots of hearing to find their own modes of expression.

Happy Presidents Day

Listen to The Presidents by Dave Douglas. Happy Presidents Day from Greenleaf Music.

[AUDIO] Stream Moonshine by Key Motion Quintet

The stream below was just too good to keep to ourselves while the others get finished. Moonshine—originally the title track on the 2006 release recorded by Dave Douglas & Keystone—as performed by the Key Motion Quintet is now available to stream below. Subscribers can expect a high-res download of this and some other choice cuts.

Key Motion Quintet: Split Personality/Five Hands Down [Digital Single, Subscriber Exclusive]

here's a new Subscriber download this month from the Key Motion Quintet co-led by Dave Douglas and Donny McCaslin recorded earlier this year in Salzau. Check out the Douglas composition, Split Personality, above via Soundcloud. Subscribers can download both this track and the "B-side"—McCaslin's Five Hands Down.

[VIDEO] Kneebody / Live at the Blue Whale

Yesterday we saw our friends Kneebody post some concert footage from a recent show at the Blue Whale in LA. We shared on Dave's Facebook, but just in case you aren't connected over there, you can watch the performance via the Youtube playlist below. Enjoy this great music.