On this show a focus on the last three digital releases from Dave Douglas with various bits and pieces in between:
- Horace Silver – Dameron’s Dance – Silver ‘n’ Brass – 1975 – The first of five LPs that feature Silver’s usual quintet augmented by other instrumentalists, this recording includes trumpeter Tom Harrell, tenor-saxophonist Bob Berg, joined by five brass players and two reed specialists.
- Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Night Growl – Rare Metals – 2011 – In the early winter of 2011, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas convened an informal recording session in Brooklyn with his group Brass Ecstasy. They were to record the first volume in a string of digital releases that Douglas dubbed the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS). Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 1: Rare Metals finds Douglas — a prolific composer — adding five new compositions and a new arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s, Lush Life, to an ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy music book.
- Laika – Essence (Isle of Java) – Nebula – 2011 -“Born in Paris of an Ivory Coast father and a Moroccan-Spanish mother, Laïka was raised mainly by women (her grandmother, mother, and aunt) in a Moroccan Jewish family. She leans towards her maternal Sephardic culture, open to different styles of music in the Mediterranean.”
- Patrice Rushen – What’s The Story – Before the Dawn – 1975 – Rushen’s second album – mostly fusion oriented jazz – features Josie James on vocals.
- Dave Douglas – Frontier Justice – Orange Afternoons – 2011 – The second volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Orange Afternoons features Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. This informal session in Brooklyn yielded six new Douglas compositions for this special quintet.
- George Benson – Naima – Guitar Man – 2011 – Benson revives his jazz chops for this most recent album – as exemplified by this excellent version of Coltrane’s beautiful tune.
- Michael Urbaniak’s Fusion – Ilex – Atma – 1975 – Poland’s most promising import in the heady days of the jazz-rock mad 1970s. Urbaniaks violin is complimented by the vocals of his wife Urszula Dudziak.
- Dave Douglas with So Percussion – Time Leveller – Bad Mango – 2011 – The third volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Bad Mango features Dave Douglas with So Percussion. This session delivers a sound palette unlike any other in the Douglas discography. Pai†ring his trumpet with a myriad of percussion instruments including marimba, drumset, glockenspiel, and a whole host of nontraditional percussion like musical saw, toy bells, shruti box, crotales, et al, Douglas leads this unique ensemble through new compositions and revisitations of songs from his works catalog.
- Mario Pavone – Burnt Sweet Orange – Orange – 2003 – released on the Playscape label during late 2003, this album features Pavone’s trio with regular collaborator, pianist Peter Madsen, and Gerald Cleaver in the drummer’s chair, augmented by trumpeter Steven Bernstein and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby
- Doug Hammond – Reflections – Reflections on the sea of Nurnen – 1975 – a rare album from the M-Base drummer.
- Luca Flores – Toy Town – Love for Sale – 1991 – One of Italian keyboard virtuoso Luca Alex Flores’ special guests on this release is saxophonist David Murray who performs on several tracks along with Flores’ fellow countrymen.
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