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Trumpeter Dave Douglas with composer/pianist Frank Woeste leads a quartet with Matt Brewer (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) in a lyrical and sophisticated album paying tribute to "art of reinvention", the Dada Art movement of the early 1900s, interpreted through modern perspectives.

Douglas, Dave & Frank Woeste
Dada People

Douglas, Dave & Frank Woeste: Dada People (Greenleaf Music)

Label: Greenleaf Music    
Released in: USA    

"In the years between the two World Wars, the Dada movement questioned, altered, teased and undermined the very idea of art. A century later, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste draw inspiration from that "art of reinvention" with their collaborative album Dada People. Perhaps no single artist embodies Dada's slippery juxtapositions quite like Man Ray. Both French and American, commercial and avant-garde, Jewish by birth and mysterious by design, Man Ray epitomized the conflicting personae and attitudes that have come to define so much of the modern art world of the last century. Bridging the Atlantic through support from the French American Jazz Exchange, Douglas and Woeste explore those concepts through a 21st century lens, realized by a stellar quartet rounded out by bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Clarence Penn."-Greenleaf Music

Biography for: Dave Douglas

"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 (

Biography for: Frank Woeste

"Frank Woeste is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer living "in Paris, France . Besides his work as a pianist Frank is known to have developped a unique sound on the Fender Rhodes combing the natural sound of the the rhodes piano with different effects. He has recorded 5 albums as a leader and appears on a large number of albums as a sideman and arranger. Several of these albums have been awarded with a french " Victoires du jazz ". After graduating from Paris Conservatory ( Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris) in 2001 Frank won several 1st or 2nd prizes in international jazz competitions : tHe'steinway Prize at the Montreux International Piano Competition, Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition ( Belgium) and the Gexto European Jazzcontest (Spain). He's one of the grantees of the French American Jazz Exchange 2014 along the american trumpet player Dave Douglas . The two recorded an album together that will be released in 2016 . He's also a grantee of the French American Jazzexchange 2015 along with american tromboniste Ryan Keberle. He has worked with Ibrahim Maalouf, Dave Douglas, Michel Portal, Youn Sun Nah, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Clarence Penn Nasheet Waits Malik Mezzadri, Mederic Collignon, Stefano di Battista, Sylvain Luc and Gretchen Parlato, Jeff Ballard, Stefano di Battista among others. He has played all the big festivals like Northsea Jazzfestival, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Montreal Jazzfestival, Paris Jazzfestival, Ginza Jazzfestival Tokyo, London Jazzfestival, Jazz à Juan les pins, Nice Jazzfestival etc."

-Frank Woeste Website (

Biography for: Matt Brewer

"Matt Brewer was born in Oklahoma City but spent most of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born into a musical family, Matt was surrounded by music from an early age, both his father and grandfather being jazz musicians, and his mother an avid music lover and radio DJ (who, even before Matt was born, would play classic jazz albums for him). After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Matt attended the inagural class of The Juilliard Jazz Program and studied with bassists Rodney Whitaker and Ben Wolfe. After spending two years at Juilliard he decided to leave school to make time for his busy touring schedule. Since then he has worked with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Sanchez, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, Aaron Parks, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and many others. He recently recorded his second album as a leader on the Criss Cross Jazz label. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, and has been a frequent guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center."

-Matt Brewer Website (

Biography for: Clarence Penn

"Clarence Penn is one of the busiest jazz drummers in the world, a leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator.Since 1991, when he arrived in New York City, Penn has placed his unique blend of mega-chops, keen intellect, and heady musicianship at the service of a staggering array of A-list artists-a chronological short-list includes Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay. Penn's impressive discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider) representing a 360-spectrum of jazz expression, and he's toured extensively throughout the United States, the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. He's composed music for films and commercials, and produced tracks for numerous singers in the pop and alternative arenas. He earned a "Ten Best of 1997" accolade from the New York Times for his first leader recording, Penn's Landing.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a protégé of Ellis Marsalis, Penn is active as an educator and drum clinician. From 2004 to 2012, he taught on the faculty of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He's also served on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, Italy, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Intensive Jazz Institute."

-Clarence Penn Website (

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UPC: 186980000510

Label: Greenleaf Music
Catalog ID: GRE-CD-1051
Squidco Product Code: 22662

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, in Astoria, New York, on January 21st and 22nd, 2015 by David Stoller.


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Track Listing:

1. Oedipe 6:18

2. Mains Libres 6:17

3. Spork 7:35

4. Montparnasse 6:49

5. Transparent 6:57

6. Art Of Reinvention 8:53

7. Emergent 5:44

8. Noire Et Blanche 3:43

9. Longings And Illusions 5:44

10. Danger Dancer 5:17

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