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Douglas, Dave: Gifts (Greenleaf Music)

A new book of compositions and four interesting interpretations of Billy Strayhorn songs from trumpeter Dave Douglas' premier of a new quartet with tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and two members of the post-rock trio Son Lux — guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang — in a lyrically embraceable and sophisticated album dedicated to the gifts of life and music we all share.
 

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Dave Douglas-trumpet

Rafiq Bhatia-guitar

James Brandon Lewis-saxophone

Ian Chang-drums


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UPC: 186980000084

Label: Greenleaf Music
Catalog ID: CD-GRE-1108
Squidco Product Code: 34790

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at The Bunker in Brooklyn, New York, on December 11th, 2023, by Tyler McDiarmid.

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"Modern jazz giant Dave Douglas releases his first new album in almost 2 years with a new project titled Gifts. This debut album is Dave playing with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia (members of Son Lux and the Oscar nominated for the score of Everything Everywhere All At Once), as well as the brilliant versatile saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. The album is an adventurous exploration of the genre through the lens of composer Billy Strayhorn, covering 4 of his compositions, alongside 6 originals."-Greenleaf Music



Gifts is about the blessings of life and music that we share with each other. ItŐs about celebrating the gift of the music we love across generations. These gifts stem from our common humanity, so essential to our survival as a species. The musical arts are a gift that is shared between musicians, and also with listeners as part of a perpetual conversation. Cherishing the music of the past blesses us to make the music of the future. And despite the odds, to go on creating pathways for generations to come. Gifts we give and gifts we receive. ThatŐs where this music is coming from."-Dave Douglas


Artist Biographies

"Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and, debuting in 2015, High Risk, an electronic music-influenced quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.

Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer among artist-run labels.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and continues to be very active as a director and programmer. He has been named the Artistic Director for the 2016 season of the Bergamo Jazz Festival, which occurs every year in March. Starting in 2012, Douglas was engaged for two years as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which was founded in 2002 to support new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players. He also co-hosts, with Michael Bates, a podcast called Noise From the Deep which was named the top jazz podcast by the JazzTimes critics poll in 2014."

-Dave Douglas Website (http://www.davedouglas.com/about-dave)
5/23/2024

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"The New York Times proclaims "Rafiq Bhatia is writing his own musical language," heralding him as "one of the most intriguing figures in music today." A guitarist, composer, producer, and sound artist "who refuses to be pinned to one genre, culture or instrument," Bhatia makes sculptural, meticulously crafted music that finds common ground among ecstatic avant-garde jazz, mournful soul, fractured beats and building-shaking electronics. "He treats his guitar, synthesizers, drum machines and electronic effects as architectural elements," the Times writes. "Sound becomes contour; music becomes something to step into rather than merely follow."

Bhatia's first LP for Anti- Records, 2018's Breaking English, has been described as "stunningly focused...a vibrant new instrumental sound world where crushing beats, nimble guitar licks, and shifting electronic textures coalesce with a visceral bite" (Chicago Reader). His subsequent release, 2020's Standards Vol. 1 EP, renders repertoire from the American songbook "completely deconstructed, infused with brand new textures and electronic effects, dreamlike and beautiful" (BBC). In conjunction with the releases, Bhatia has toured internationally, presenting his music at Acud Macht Neu, the Andy Warhol Museum, Big Ears Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, Constellation, deSignel Bouge B Festival, Duke Performances, Hopscotch Festival, The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Mass MoCA, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, MoMA PS1, Moroccan Lounge, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Oberlin Conservatory, Solid Sound Festival, and more.

As a composer, Bhatia has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Walker Art Center, four/four × Public Records, Jennifer Koh, Liquid Music Series, National Sawdust, Newfields, Sound Expeditions, The Jazz Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, and the Traverse City Dance Project. His forthcoming collaboration with filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will premiere in Fall 2022 as a part of the FotoFocus Biennial: World Record.

Since 2014, Bhatia's primary collaborative association has been as a member of the experimental pop project Son Lux, joining founder Ryan Lott along with drummer Ian Chang as a co-writer, co-producer, and guitarist. Together, the trio has released three albums - Bones (2015), Brighter Wounds (2018), and the three-volume Tomorrows (2020-21)-as well as numerous EPs, and given over five hundred performances on three continents. Recent highlights include being sampled by Timbaland and scoring the Daniels' film Everything Everywhere All At Once for A24, including collaborations with David Byrne, André Benjamin, Mitski, Moses Sumney, Randy Newman, and more.

A voracious collaborator working across musical communities and artistic disciplines, Bhatia has also created with Arooj Aftab, Holland Andrews, Olga Bell, William Britelle, Michael Cina, Teju Cole, Sam Dew, Dave Douglas, Marcus Gilmore, Shahzad Ismaily, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, Okkyung Lee, Qasim Naqvi, Helado Negro, Kassa Overall, Chris Pattishall, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Alex Somers, Moses Sumney, Rajna Swaminathan, Kiah Victoria, David Virelles and others. He has contributed to recordings on Brownswood, City Slang, ECM, Glassnote, Greenleaf Music, Joyful Noise, New Amsterdam, RCA and Temporary Residence Ltd.

Bhatia is a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellow, and a former artist-in-residence at Duke Performances. He has been invited to speak by the National Gallery of Art, Big Ears Festival, Berklee College of Music, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and IUPUI, and is currently adjunct faculty of the New School's Performer-Composer Master of Music program. His music is published in association with Domino Publishing Company.

A native of North Carolina, Bhatia lives in Brooklyn, New York."

-Rafiq Bhatia Website (https://rafiqbhatia.com/about)
5/23/2024

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"James Brandon Lewis (b.1983 Buffalo NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator . Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the "7 Young Players to Watch" in todays scene. Lewis has shared stages with Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett , Hamid Drake , Ravi Coltrane , Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. James Brandon Lewis Lewis has been endorsed by Jazz legend Saxophonist Sonny Rollins " Promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders". - Jazz Magazine (France). New York Times had this to say about Lewis " James Brandon Lewis , A Jazz Saxophonist in his 30's, Raw Toned But Measured, Doesn't sound steeped in current jazz academy values There's an Independence about him." James Brandon Lewis Leads numerous ensembles and is the Co- Founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts."

-James Brandon Lewis Website (http://www.jblewis.com/bio/)
5/23/2024

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"When Chang describes his creative process, the phrase "third culture" keeps coming up. Born in the colony of Hong Kong in 1988, Chang has lived a nomadic life. Stationed out of New York for 10 years, he built an impressive roster of progressive pop collaborators such as Moses Sumney, Joan As Policewoman, and Matthew Dear, among others, all while performing internationally and recording as a member of Son Lux and Landlady. Now relocated to Dallas, Texas, Chang's discovered an inquisitive confidence that can only come from newfound isolation. Between tours, he dedicated himself to developing his international musical language, facilitated by a home studio and a burgeoning relationship."

-Ian Chang Website (https://www.ianchangmusic.com/about)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Gifts 10:55

2. Kind Of Teal 7:26

3. Take The A Train 4:32

4. Rain Check 3:16

5. Blood Count 8:15

6. Day Dream 4:40

7. Seven Years Ago 7:10

8. Small Bar 7:06

9. Third Dream 3:51

10. Goodbyes 6:31

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