Kneebody's self titled debut on Greenleaf Music showcases the band's musical depth and non stop creativity. The band's five members bring lessons learned from their experiences backing artists such as Ani DiFranco, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Daedelus, Phil Woods, Steve Coleman, Chaka Kahn, David Murray and Ravi Coltrane to this project. The result is an organic, original instrumental music that has, as one L.A. Music Connection reviewer wrote, "an epic, trans-generational gravity." All the music on the album is composed by Kneebody.

Personnel: Adam Benjamin (keyboards), Shane Endsley (trumpet/pedals), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Ben Wendel (saxophones) and Nate Wood (drums).

Subscriber Bonus: Conception

An unreleased track from Kneebody keyboardist Adam Benjamin's new album "It's A Standard, Standard, Standard World." The album contains 36 tracks of standard songs arranged and created by Adam using Garageband 1.0 using only the internal sounds. If you don't recognize the song, it's George Shearing's "Conception." In a recent Greenleaf blog post on the new album, Dave D. says:

"Adam traipses through timbres, textures, and tunings. The variety is astounding. What at first seems to be potentially smirky and sarcastic (though still first-in-the-class brilliant), soon becomes a majestic tour de force. It's a unique and heart-felt (I believe) tribute to the repertoire. There is so much original thought and material put into this that at times you forget the subtext, only to be jolted back by the clear statement of a melody or a set of chord changes."

What else can you do with standards that hasn't been done (short of hiring Rod Stewart)? Adam shines a light. I recommend it highly.

Live at the Bimhuis [2CD]


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From their acclaimed October 2002 European tour in support of the Grammy-nominated album The Infinite, Dave Douglas, Live at the Bimhuis, captures Douglas' Quintet in peak form performing at one of the world's leading jazz venues. In front of a very lively and enthusiastic audience, and beautifully recorded by VPRO Radio-Amsterdam, this is the first live set available from one of jazz's leading bands. A must-have for fans of this Quintet. This release is packaged minimally although distinctively in a cardboard slip-sleeve with full credits and information as part of our Paperback Series.

Musicians: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Rick Margitza, tenor saxophone; Uri Caine, fender rhodes; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Mountain Passages


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Dave Douglas' Mountain Passages is an album of music inspired by the myths and the spirit of rural mountain culture. The first live performance of the material, which features Dave's band NOMAD, took place high in the Italian Dolomites, as part of the festival I Suoni delle Dolomitti. Partially inspired by Douglas' love of world folk music, Mountain Passages also carries the spirit of jazz that informs all of Dave's music. The record is a profound and playful mix that veers between the solemnity of solitary contemplation and the drunken debauchery of ecstatic celebration. The ensemble of trumpet, clarinet, cello, tuba and percussion, envisioned as an imaginary traveling band, play 12 stunning new Douglas compositions making Mountain Passages Douglas' most emotive new work since the very popular "Charms of the Night" recordings.

Personnel: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Michael Moore, alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet; Peggy Lee, cello; Marcus Rojas, tuba; and Dylan van der Schyff, drums.

Subscriber Bonus: Summit Music (Alt Take)

An alternate take of "Summit Music" from the Mountain Passages recording session.

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Subscriber Bonus: Twelve Degrees Proof (Outtake)

An outtake of Dave Douglas' "Twelve Degrees Proof" from the "Mountain Passages" recording session. A misstep in the form of the song by one of the players is what caused this one to break down. But for that, this track was sizzling.

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