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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 — the indefatigably prolific composer — adding five new compositions and a new arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s, Lush Life, to an ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy music book.
“I liked the idea of streaming the music directly to listeners, and it seemed that CD length might not be the best representative in the new medium,” explains Douglas. “Also the idea of shorter, more informal sessions appealed to me as it harked back to the way jazz records used to be made. The GPS gave me an outlet for a lot of new tunes and presented me with a way to record with some musicians I really admire but would rarely get to play with.”
released June 21, 2011
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Vincent Chancey, horn
Luis Bonilla, trombone
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Nasheet Waits, drums
Produced by Dave Douglas
Recorded January 31, 2011 at 58 North 6th Street in Brooklyn, NY
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Geoff Countryman and Tyler McDiarmid at TG Studios, Long Island City, NY
All compositions by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI) except "Lush Life" by Billy Strayhorn
Graphic Design: Jim Tuerk
All photographs: Geoff Countryman
Thanks to the Aaron Copeland House, where much of this music was written.