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Dark Territory is a collection of new music from the creative electronic-inspired ensemble High Risk. Following the success of the group’s eponymous release in 2015, this new album continues to explore the intersection of creative improvisation and modern electronic music production to create a unique sound that Pitchfork described as, “simultaneously chill and surprising, it’s the sound of a group discovering a valid language, and then proceeding to push the limits of that new aesthetic.”
Lead by two-time GRAMMY® nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas, the album once again features Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective) on electric and acoustic bass, Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt, David Bowie) on electric and acoustic drums and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.
The material was recorded by five-time GRAMMY® nominated Geoff Countryman (Dr. Luke, Patti LaBelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Randy Brecker, Gregory Porter, Fred Hersch) and mixed by Steve Wall (Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, Meshell Ndegeocello), and mastered by Mark Wilder.
released April 16, 2016
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jonathan Maron, electric and synth basses
Mark Guiliana, acoustic and electric drums
Recorded by Geoff Countryman at The Bunker, Brooklyn, NY on October 10, 2014
Assistant: Andy Plovnick
Mixed by Steve Wall at Gardentone, Jersey City, NJ.
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, NYC, NY.
Produced by Dave Douglas
Associate Producer: Geoff Countryman
Artwork and Design by Russell Moore
Background photos courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory
All compositions and arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
except “Let's Get One Thing Straight”, “Mission Acropolis” and “Ridge Hill” by Dave Douglas, Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron, Zach Saginaw, and Steve Wall.
“This ravenously adventurous trumpeter and composer is no stranger to electronica. With High Risk, alongside the drummer Mark Guiliana, the bassist Jonathan Maron, and the beats master Shigeto, Douglas fearlessly follows his muse farther down the rabbit hole, to a place where jazz improvisation collides with contemporary sonics.”
The New Yorker
“Prolific jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas has always been an experimentalist—he’s collaborated with everyone from the Trisha Brown Dance Company to Tom Waits—but his most recent project, High Risk, might just be his most eclectic yet.”
“Mr. Douglas, the trumpeter and composer, renewed his smartly probing engagement with electronic music on High Risk, an album featuring Shigeto, a beat-minded producer, along with Jonathan Maron on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The same coalition just released an engaging sequel, “Dark Territory,” … expanding on its designs with spontaneous interplay.”
New York Times
“By trade, Dave Douglas is a trumpeter, composer, and fearless explorer of jazz and other types of music that can be both composed and improvised (they often lie somewhere in between). The group’s individual talents allow the band to put itself in ‘high risk’ situations that ultimately pay dividends in equally high rewards.”
“Douglas and his group High Risk have created something original here. Dark Territory is addictive, and while it wears its influences—Miles Davis, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, hip-hop—on its daring, highly stylized sleeve, it’s also unique.”
“Dave Douglas’s second release with his electronic group ‘High Risk’ is true to form of the trumpeter’s modus operandi to avoid repeating the same thing twice. From art-noise to spastic dub tempos curious themes run the gamut with each track presenting something unique.”
All About Jazz
“His volume of output and clarity of vision is highly impressive.”
“Dave Douglas and his ‘High Risk’ quartet are doing is what jazz musicians do best: taking the sounds and influences around them, personalising them, adapting them and moulding them into an expressive language.”
The Irish Times ★★★★★
“Dark Territory is a terrific album—dark, moody, virtuosic in a manner both combustible and streamlined.”
“The ever-inventive Douglas ruminates and toasts with a brittle tone and moody mute while DJ Shigeto conjures brooding textures from industrial clangs, abstract beeps and sampled vintage organ. Bassist Jonathon Maron adds to the menace with funky riffs and the deep whoofs of hip hop and jungle. And with drummer Mark Guilliana solid in the holding role, the traditional jazz rhythm section is brilliantly re-cast.”
Financial Times ★★★★☆
“The more I listened to the Dark Territory record, the more I bought the notion that Douglas connected with the perfect personalities to vivify his jazztronica goals. The music is thick and nasty, ominous and aggressive, lithe and alluring – don’t blink, it’s always morphing. And it always has as much gravitas as it does digital sheen. The trumpeter has said that this band deals with the “dangers and challenges of technology.” Along the way, their electro-acoustic ruminations emit both seductive designs and emotionally provocative missives.”