Since first leaping onto the scene as a member of John Zorn
's Masada quartet, trumpeter Dave Douglas has emerged as one of modern jazz's freest thinkers, with a seemingly endless flow of ideas. Over nearly 20 years, he's created an almost unparalleled number of memorable groups, including Keystone, Charms of the Night Sky and Tiny Bell Trio, in addition to a number of forward-thinking one-off projects like Witness
A lot has happened since All About Jazz spoke with him in 2006
, and so contributor Dave Wayne
grabbed the opportunity to speak with the busy trumpeter about what he's been up to, specifically his recently inaugurated Greenleaf Portable Series
, a collection of three new sets of music for three different groups that, while originally intended as download-only, has been so well-received that Douglas has bowed to demand and released themRare Metals
, with his Brass Ecstasy quintet, Orange Afternoons
, by a brand new, all-acoustic quintet, and Bad Mango
a first-encounter with intrepid new music ensemble So Percussion
in a three-CD box, Three Views: GPS Vol 1-3
, all on his own Greenleaf Music imprint.
Check out Dave Wayne's in-depth interview, Dave Douglas: A Creative Consciousness
, today at All About Jazz.
But that's not all. To celebrate Douglas' Greenleaf Portable Series
, AAJ is bringing you three days of features, a review, of the series, free download tracks from each volume and video footage. Here's the lineup:
Monday, December 5: In addition to Dave Wayne's Interview, read John Kelman's extensive review of the entire GPS series; download Safeway," from Rare Metals; and watch Douglas and Brass Ecstasy perform Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life," one of the tracks from Rare Metals, featuring trombonist Luis Bonilla, French hornist Vincent Chancey, tubaist Marcus Rojas and drummer Nasheet Waits;
Tuesday, December 6: Download The Gulf," from Orange Afternoons, featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Chris Persad Group, The Dautaj, Marcus Gilmore , Coquito, Fri;
Wednesday, December 7: Download Bad Mango's title track featuring Douglas and the members of So PercussionEric Beach, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting and Josh Quillen.
All About Jazz is committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage anywhere surrounding new releases, so be sure to check out all the buzz surrounding Dave Douglas and Greenleaf Portable Series, today at AllAboutJazz.com!
Cees van de Ven