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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.
The album opener—The Gulf—begins delicately with Iyer rolling clusters and Gilmore frosting the spectrum with cymbals before the plaintive melody offers the first taste of the frontline of Douglas’ trumpet and Coltrane’s saxophone. Moving along, Valori Bollati—translated as Revenue Stamps—swings it’s way into gorgeous solos by Iyer and Oh. Solato features a simple harmonic figure floating on top of a deep groove, and a solo from Douglas that culminates in a single long tone towering over a wash before fizzling back to the intro figure. All in all, the six tracks on this album feel immediate, with urgent playing from each of these stalwart musicians.
released August 3, 2011
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Ravi Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Vijay Iyer, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Marcus Gilmore, drums
Recorded March 17, 2011 at 58 North 6th in Brooklyn, NY.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by by Geoff Countryman and Tyler McDiarmid at TC Studios, Long Island City, NY
Graphic design by Matt Pfahlert and Jim Tuerk
Cover photo by Tamme Gunn
Band photographs by Geoff Countryman
All compositions by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music, BMI)