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Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark of Being

Read "Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark of Being" reviewed by Troy Collins

Dave Douglas & KeystoneSpark of BeingGreenleaf Music2010 Trumpet player and composer Dave Douglas has risen from the ranks of tenacious Downtown improvisers to become a leading force in creative mainstream jazz in the past decade. Regularly overshadowing perennial favorite Wynton Marsalis in “Best Trumpeter" polls for the past ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark Of Being: Expand

Read "Spark Of Being: Expand" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Just as summer comes to a close, another great release from trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas comes along. Expand is the second part of a trilogy of music, performed by Dave Douglas & Keystone, for the Bill Morrison film Spark of Being (2010). The film and related music bring Mary Shelley's iconic novel, Frankenstein (1818), and the relationship ...


News: Recording

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark of Being; Preorder

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark of Being; Preorder

Dave Douglas & Keystone is: Dave Douglas, trumpet; Marcus Strickland, Tenor Saxophone; Adam Benjamin, Fender Rhodes; Brad Jones, Ampeg Baby Bass; Gene Lake, Drums; DJ Olive, Turntable/Laptop SPARK OF BEING: BOX SET [3CD] (available for preorder at greenleafmusic.com) Part 1: SOUNDTRACK (out June 22nd) (available for preorder at greenleafmusic.com)


News: Performance / Tour

World Premiere of "Spark of Being," a New Multimedia Work by Dave Douglas and Bill Morrison, Presented by Stanford Lively Arts on April 24

Stanford Lively Arts will present the world premiere of “Spark of Being," a meditation on contemporary art, technology, and other themes through the lens of the Frankenstein story, from the jazz trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas and video/film artist Bill Morrison. Premiering on Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, the multimedia production will combine the ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ted Gordon

In 1961, Bob Thiele set up a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder at the Village Vanguard to record John Coltrane's quintet. Though there was no official plan for releasing the tapes, Thiele knew that recording every single night of these performances had to be done. The resulting release proves his historical foresight. In 2006, Greenleaf music took ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Moonshine

Read "Moonshine" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Originariamente concepito come progetto di sonorizzazione dei film dello sfortunato comico degli anni Venti, Roscoe “Fatty" Arbuckle [clicca qui per leggere la recensione del disco di esordio di questa formazione], il sestetto Keystone del trombettista Dave Douglas ha da subito dato l'impressione di non essere una prova isolata, una semplice divagazione, ma di ampliare il percorso ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

With the success of trumpeter Dave Douglas' twelve virtual CD collection of music from a six-night run at New York's Jazz Standard in December, 2006 with his longstanding Quintet--the download-only versions, representing twelve hours of music, ultimately distilled into the hard two-CD set, Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf, 2007), that brought together all the Quintet's ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Moonshine

Read "Moonshine" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

As one of jazz's most omnivorous thinkers, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas continues to explore ideas outside of the norm. Moonshine is a continuation with Keystone--an electric sextet that includes Marcus Strickland (saxophones), Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes), Brad Jones (bass), Gene Lake (drums), and DJ Olive (turntables)--exploring in music, the life and art of 1920s silent film actor/director ...


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Dave Douglas & Keystone: Moonshine

Read "Moonshine" reviewed by John Kelman

It's unlikely that Dave Douglas expected the Grammy-nominated Keystone (Greenleaf Music, 2005) to turn into an ongoing project, but as a parallel to his quintet of the past half decade, the trumpeter has forged a distinct entity with the group he now calls Keystone. This sextet shares some commonality with the quintet responsible for Meaning and ...


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