Dave Douglas & Keystone Release Moonshine
(Published: February 28, 2008)
Dave Douglas & Keystone
Moonshine available now, exclusively at www.greenleafmusic.com
In Stores, April 15, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Moonshine, the new album from trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas' Grammy-nominated band, Keystone, is one of those albums that move musical genres forward into uncharted territory. In this case, the genre is electronica, funk and jazz, the sound of late 1960s Miles Davis, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. The evolutionary/revolutionary aspect is found in the vibrant alchemy between Douglas' avant-garde leaning compositions, the relentless, polyrhythmic funk of drummer Gene Lake and bassist Brad Jones, the Sun-Ra-esque sonics of Adam Benjamin who plays a highly modulated Fender Rhodes and the blowing of the front line featuring Douglas and, much in demand, saxophonist Marcus Strickland. But what puts this one over the top is the true integration of a DJ, in this case DJ Olive, into the constantly shifting improvisations of a cutting edge band. On Moonshine, a DJ, for the first time on record, becomes a percussionist, albeit one armed with a great record store's set of sounds, textures and beats. Rolling Stone called Keystone's 2005's self titled album, which was inspired by the 1920s era film actor and director Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, "a modernist requiem." Moonshine takes it a step further: a modernist recipe for the future sound of electronica, funk and jazz.
Moonshine is loaded with extras offered at www.greenleafmusic.com including streaming of the film Moonshine, with Arbuckle and Keaton, along with the title track of the album; the composition, "Moonshine," from the recording, available free in a multi-track version for remixers and musicians to use the material, and much more.
Moonshine is another in a long line of classic albums from Dave Douglas, a tireless creator and perennial poll-winner. With his own label, Greenleaf Music, Douglas is also part of the new wave of recording companies reinventing the business.
Douglas is also a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, currently in its fifth season, honoring the music of Wayne Shorter.
Dave Douglas and Keystone, featuring Marcus Strickland (saxophone), Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes), Brad Jones (Ampeg baby bass), Gene Lake (drums) and DJ Olive (turntables + laptop), will be appearing April 10 - 13 at NYC's The Jazz Standard, and April 8 @ Scullers in Boston, MA.
Visit The Greenleaf Site for samples and downloads of this remarkable recording.
More on Dave Douglas: Twice Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas is arguably one of the most original jazz musicians of his generation. From his New York base, where he has lived since the mid 1980s, he has earned lavish national and international critical acclaim, including trumpeter, composer, and jazz "Artist of the Year" by such organizations as the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and the Italian Jazz Critics' Society. His solo recording career began in 1993 with Parallel Worlds on the Soul Note label. He has since released twenty-five recordings of original music. In 2005, after seven critically-acclaimed albums for the Bluebird/RCA label, he launched his own label, Greenleaf Music.
Besides leading his own groups, Douglas has an important ongoing musical relationship as a member of John Zorn's Masada. He is also a member of the SF Jazz Collective. Additional collaborations have included artists such as Trisha Brown, Myra Melford, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Uri Caine, Cibo Matto, Susie Ibarra, Sean Lennon, Fred Hersch, Mark Dresser, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, and Horace Silver.
Douglas is currently the artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center. He is also a founding member and the director of the New York-based Festival of New Trumpet Music. Additionally, Douglas has received composition fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Arts International, the Vooruit Culture Center, Extension Ensemble and the Library of Congress.
About Greenleaf Music: The brainchild of label manager/musician Michael Friedman and musician/label manager Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music has recorded and released six CDs in their brief 2 year history. They have also created the Greenleaf Music Paperback Series, a unique way of releasing live and historic recordings into the marketplace and the Greenleaf Music Subscriber system, a new and interesting way for music fans and aficionados to get involved in supporting new music and emerging artists. www.greenleafmusic.com, the label's internet home, contains one of the most active jazz blogs on the web.
The critics sound off on Dave Douglas:
"[he can] play just about anything ever written for a trumpet . . ." "He couldn't hear any reason not to borrow equally from Webern, jazz-funk pioneer Horace Silver or, for that matter, John Zorn . . ." - John Fordham, The Guardian (UK)
" . . . an original thinker blessed with a seemingly bottomless well of intriguing ideas."
- Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
"As a composer and trumpeter, his chops are tops. He never gets in a rut, his formats and viewpoints always swinging from intellectual acoustic to tripped-out electronic to the totally unexpected." - Greg Burk, L.A. Weekly
" . . . one of the most adventurous and eclectic musicians to emerge from the New York jazz scene in the past dozen years . . ." - David Rubien, The San Francisco Chronicle
"An adventurous trumpeter who laughs down the idea that jazz is over, Dave Douglas courts tradition and progression without puzzling over the difference." - Andy Battaglia, The Onion
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