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Overcome

by Dave Douglas

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1.
We shall overcome, we shall overcome We shall overcome someday Oh, deep in my heart, I know that I do believe that We shall overcome someday We are not afraid, we are not afraid We are not afraid, today Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe We shall overcome someday We shall overcome, we shall overcome We shall overcome, someday Oh, deep in my heart I have to believe that We shall overcome, someday
2.
It’s the life we’re given It’s the one we live with It’s the reason why we sing our song It’s the joy and laughter It’s the sorrow after Just to stay alive
3.
Overcome 05:09
Let me just say I'm overcome By the sound of your voice There's an ancient secret Revealing in my ears Pounding waves of love Oh now it won't let you go Even when I’m alone With your voice I'm overcome Makes me feel alive
4.
Stream of memories Floundering in my mind Tales and words that we used to sing along Moments fading while I'm waiting for when We're together again Clocks still ticking Melodies flickering For the one that made every note so true Through the maze that's now our space I'll grasp your echo in a song When We are together again We’ll make music like never before So sweet, I will surely weep How I have missed your sound When we are together again I will hold you like never before So sweet, I will surely weep Wonderful you’re around
5.
Peace 05:09
We passed their graves: The dead men there Winners or losers Did not care In the dark They could not see Who had gained Victory
6.
Perspective 12:08

about

Overcome is a new Dave Douglas recording, alongside vocalists Fay Victor and Camila Meza, trombonist Ryan Keberle, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Rudy Royston, who banded together over a period of months to create a new album of songs. A statement of purpose, an acknowledgement of forebears, and an exhortation to activism, Overcome involves the six musicians in an emotional and powerful statement of human engagement towards justice: Racial justice. Climate justice. Voting justice. Gender justice.

The project began with a reimagining of the Civil Rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” featuring Victor and Meza each singing a verse before joining for a rousing final verse. As Douglas began working on the originals for the album, this unique communal vocal interplay became a key element of three more pieces: “Overcome” and “When We Are Together Again” are both inspired by the challenges of pandemic isolation; “Good Trouble” celebrates activist John Lewis. Victor takes the spotlight on “Peace” as she voices poignant poetry from Langston Hughes. And the free-spirited Royston original “Perspective” brings a nice balance to the proceedings. This is spirited communal music on a mission.

Liner Notes:

The project began in discussions with Ryan Keberle about what more we could do to address the changes towards justice we both see as crucial to our country and our society. Racial justice. Climate justice. Voting justice. Gender justice. Scientific justice. And now the push for science to begin to push back the virus so we can all gather together again. We decided we could make music devoted to civic engagement and speaking out on these issues. And in an election year, we saw the band touring in swing states around the country. Without any touring, those plans changed. But I was determined to follow through on the creative vision for the project and began writing in earnest in April 2020.

The first thing that came naturally to the project was my arrangement of We Shall Overcome. We’ve been singing that for years and felt like with two vocalists like Fay and Camila, we could make a new unique version of the piece. Camila chose the verse, “We Are Not Afraid,” from among several available. It’s so strong. Then I began writing the original pieces. The word “Overcome” started to take on new resonances through the depth of feeling and resilience during this time of isolation. We began the process of recording in July 2020, and passed files back and forth over the next few months.

Once complete, it was hard for any of us to imagine we had not been in the same room when this music was made. I am so grateful to Jorge, Rudy, Ryan, Fay and Camila for helping me pull this off. I’m all grateful to Tyler McDiarmid for helping us out with engineering throughout the whole process. We are Overcome. We Shall Overcome. Enjoy.

Dave Douglas

credits

released December 4, 2020

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Fay Victor, voice
Camila Meza, voice and guitar
Jorge Roeder, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

Production Credits:
Co-Executive Producers: Dave Douglas and Mark Weiss
Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded by each musician, in NY, remotely, between July and September, 2020.
Mixed and mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Engineering assistant to Mr. Roeder, Mark Goodell
Photos by Dave Douglas
Design by Lukas Frei & Robyn Ardagh

Special thanks to Mark Weiss at ‘Lions with Wings’ and ‘Earthwise Productions’ for co-sponsoring this project.

All arrangements by Dave Douglas

We Shall Overcome, traditional
Good Trouble, for John Lewis, music and words by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Overcome, When We Are Together Again, Peace, music by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Overcome, words by Camila Meza (Ambar Music / ASCAP)
When We Are Together Again, words by Camila Meza (Ambar Music / ASCAP) and Fay Victor (ZooToon Publishing / ASCAP)
Peace, words by Langston Hughes
Perspective, music by Rudy Royston (Rudy Royston Publishing / ASCAP)

Endorsements:
Ryan Keberle plays Kühnl & Hoyer trombones
Camila Meza uses Sadowsky Guitars & D'Angelico Guitars
Jorge Roeder uses Anima Nova Soundposts
Rudy Royston plays Canopus Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Gibraltor Hardware and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets

Press:
“Dave Douglas’ Overcome - a warm and reflective sextet album featuring vocalists Fay Victor and Camila Meza - didn’t fit either template: Recorded entirely remotely during the pandemic, it proved that the collective spirit of jazz can withstand a whole lot.”
- Rolling Stone, Best Jazz Albums of 2020

"... listening to it you’d swear they were all in a single room, singing and playing together. It’s really beautiful."
- Stereogum

"We Shall Overcome ... it’s a passionate statement of standing up to all of the forces facing racial, climate, gender, scientific and voting justice."
- Vancouver Sun

“More and more, artists have also discovered ways to connect across the ether, collaborating from their respective bubbles. Trumpeter Dave Douglas made a digital album this way, called ‘Overcome,’ with singer / songwriters Fay Victor and Camila Meza, and a few other partners. They created the music in pieces, passing files back and forth. But the sound of their communion makes it seem as if they’re all in a room together. That’s precisely the image they’re seeking to evoke, and the hope they’re holding onto in the meantime.”
- NPR Morning Edition

"A remarkable achievement."
- Jazz History Online

"... as the individuals wail, moan but also coalesce in listening to each other's songs, so a collective sound gels from the disparate parts. Apart from each other but still a part of the voices of all."
- Jazzwise

"Despite recording their parts individually and passing the files back and forth over the internet, the sextet, including vocalists Fay Victor and Camila Meza, are so fluid and responsive one might never know this record’s extraordinary circumstances."
- Bandcamp Daily

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