Jimmy easily would have fit in with this outfit, and it would have been a joy to listen to for another reason. These musicians are engaged and perform at the top of their game, every piece.
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Two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas and Juno-nominated saxophonist Chet Doxas lead a new collaborative project honoring the musical legacy of composer, bandleader, saxophonist and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre.
Giuffre blazed many trails in music, inspiring new levels of melodic invention, rhythmic subtlety and improvisational freedom. Featuring Giuffre's own "The Train and the River," the standard "Travelin' Light" and originals from both Douglas and Doxas, Riverside puts a contemporary stamp on a small group improvisation while evoking the dynamic ensembles Giuffre led.
released April 15, 2014
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Chet Doxas, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Steve Swallow, electric bass
Jim Doxas, drums
Tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Track 2 by Jimmy Giuffre (WB Music Corp. o/b/o Walden Music, Inc. / ASCAP)
Tracks 3, 4, 6, 11 by Chet Doxas (SOCAN)
Track 10 by J. Young, J. Mercer, J. Mundy (Music Sales Corp / ASCAP; WB Music Corp / ASCAP)
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Bellamy
Recorded on August 12 - 13, 2012 at Humber College Recording Studios, Toronto, ON
Mastered by Steve Bellamy
Produced by Chet Doxas and Dave Douglas
Cover Image: “Rescue Party in the Mine”, C.H. Flewwelling, artist, in R.A.H. Morrow, Story of the Springhill Colliery Explosion . . ., 1891; NSA Library Collection: microfilm 3872
Photography by Evan Shay [Needed?]
Band Photo by Federico Zamarripa
Art direction and design by Jim Tuerk and Chad McCullough
Riverside was created in memory of the composer, bandleader, saxophonist, and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008). Jimmy blazed many trails in music. He inspires us to new levels of melodic invention, rhythmic subtlety, and true freedom in the practice of improvisation. We play a couple of his pieces here, and we dedicate our original compositions to his spirit.
Chet and Dave would like to thank Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas, and Steve Bellamy for their vision, musicianship and passion for this project. Thanks also to all the musicians who have played this music in various forms. Chet would also like to thank his family for their unconditional love and support and his five other brothers in the SRB. Dave would also like to thank Jim Tuerk, Seamus and Jeff Cowan, the Doxas Family, and The Banff Centre.
Special thanks to all the listeners along the riverside of our travels in music.
Spiky, jagged, rough edged, thrill-packed originals by the brilliant composer and bandleader David Sanford. Features trumpeter Hugh Ragin in a heartfelt tribute to trumpet master Lester Bowie. Dave Douglas
Emi Makabe brings an intensely original mix of elements together into a fresh and personal statement. As a vocalist, shamisen player, and composer, Emi brings us to a new place with this music. Dave Douglas
Ward's swirling, breezy sax feels very close and intimate - listening to it I pictured myself in a small basement room as the band played - but the 10 tongues paint a joyful and sophisticated urban fairytale that changes scene cinematically and builds to a satisfying finale. Tom Colquhoun
This is a album I've gone back to several times. Matt lets his group play, and play they do. All of these pieces fell like full-group efforts, not written by a bassist to feature bass. Some songs feel driven, some searching, some making statements. Outstanding. Kenneth Pyron