Renowned trumpeter Dave Douglas hooks up with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana for a wonderful blend of old school jazz with modern production.Through their collective in-depth understanding of kaleidoscopic music and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.
Favorite track: Cardinals.
I can assure you that if the preview tracks appeal to you in the slightest, you aren't taking much of a risk by buying. Delightfully atmospheric modern jazz here. And I know it isn't exactly groundbreaking, but I love it when small jazz ensembles incorporate a producer, putting electronic manipulation on equal footing with the "real" instruments.
The most interesting and accomplished trumpeter working today? In my opinion,yes! He is also one of my five vanguard players of the late 20th/early 21st century (the others: Bill Frisell,John Zorn,Tim Berne and Ken Vandermark - i'm also tempted to add Steve Coleman!)...Illustrious company.
Anyway, this album is stellar! Dave has worked with electronic music before (Ikue Mori and in his group Keystone,for example) but this is probably the most integrated band. It sounds edgy,it has attitude and is drenched in risk...(there is no safety net!)...no pain,no gain.
My recommendation: buy this because contemporary music probably doesn't get any better.
A shout out for Dave's wonderful record label Greenleaf Music and their very special podcast: 'A Noise from the Deep'.
I would like the World to listen often and very carefully to Dave Douglas...
Re: the Downbeat 'controversy'...I gave up counting on the opinion of hacks years ago (they are just self-serving and,for the most part,talentless)...follow your own instincts and let the music speak for itself! The Montreal Jazz Festival set is simply superb,I think.
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Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players: Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective), on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.
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) the album finds Douglas again walking a musical high wire. High stakes, high reward. HIGH RISK.
released June 23, 2015
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 Stephen Byram
All photos courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory
except the tray photo courtesy of NASA / STSCI
All compositions and arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
“Where one influence ends and another one begins is a mystery, and that’s what will guarantee High Risk‘s status as a wholly unique album. With any justice, it will also serve as a template for future electro-jazz.”
- John Garratt, PopMatters ★★★★★★★★☆☆
“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.”
- Seth Colter Walls, Pitchfork
“A hallucinatory and surprisingly organic collaboration between the trumpeter and electronic musician Shigeto.”
- All Music Favorite Jazz Album 2015
“Many of the tracks, like the opening “Molten Sunset,” begin with Shigeto summoning a kaleidoscopic, shimmering rainbowscape that Douglas and his band ride ever cloudward.”
- Matt Collar, All Music ★★★★☆
“It is a high-wire act, a "high risk," to be out there, so starkly exposed… there's a serrated groove to this music, even a lyricism and the blues.”
- Fred Kaplan, Stereophile
“The music is always infectiously grooving and kaleidoscopically coloured, and it gets the balance right between jazz-based melody-making and contemporary beats and edginess.”
- Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
“Trumpet veteran Dave Douglas and his younger allies build their tunes from the beat up, with producer Zachary “Shigeto” Saginaw standing out for his unusually organic-sounding electronics.”
- Alexander Vardy, Georgia Straight
“Far from an affair with just the trumpet of Douglas, High Risk is just as much the work of electronic artist Shigeto. Together the pair, along with Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana, birth a multi-genre fusion of jazz and electronica. Highly improvised, it’s unpredictable nature leaves the listener to abandon any idea of classification, ineluctably leaving us to embrace the beats and layered avante-garde experimentation. This isn’t just for jazz fanatics; anyone with an inkling toward creative, inspired music should apply.”
- New Noise Magazine
“Figuratively and literally, Douglas has a blast. His three bandmates tear into his seven originals with harsh beats and innovative textural adornments both crisp and wafting, a sonic template that provides him the choice to either spar or soar, and both strategies generate ideal showcases for his often-underappreciated brass chops.”
- Britt Robson, JazzTimes Magazine
“Voluminous soundscapes and swelling patterns like oceanic waves find Douglas’ blustery and sensitive horn flowing within the band's shifting and sonically rich program of beats, noises, thoughtful music, and creative embellishments.”
- Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz ★★★★☆
“Beats blend with sharp improvisation, samples and manipulated sounds with hard-crafted groove, mystery and funk and things unexpected. It’s an exciting race to the edge of jazz’s modern frontier, and no place for the foolhardy or unprepared.”
- Nick DeRiso, Something Else!