Riverside, the quartet co-led by Grammy-nominated American trumpeter Dave Douglas and Canadian saxophonist Chet Doxas, returns with their second album featuring bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Jim Doxas. The record honors the musical impact of pianist and composer Carla Bley, including three of her compositions and new works from Douglas, Swallow and Doxas.
Following their debut release in 2014, this group presents a new album featuring spirited free playing, formidable ensemble interaction and new well-crafted compositions. The tracks transmit a palpable excitement and purpose towards this clear statement.
released June 16, 2017
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Chet Doxas, clarinet & saxophone
Steve Swallow, electric bass
Jim Doxas, drums
Produced by Chet Doxas and Dave Douglas
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded on August 29-30, 2015 at Humber College Recording Studios, Toronto, Ontario
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Steve Bellamy
Tracks 1, 5, 7 by Carla Bley (Alrac Music / BMI)
Tracks 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Track 3 by Steve Swallow (Wonderbuns / BMI)
Track 6 by Chet Doxas (SOCAN)
Band Photography by Evan Shay
Videos produced by Evan Shay www.evanshay.com
Landscape Photography by Austin Nelson
Design by Lukas Frei
Thanks to Karen Mantler, Conlon Nancarrow and George Doxas.
Special thanks to composer and pianist Carla Bley for her boundless creative vision and endless inspiration.
“… the album conveys the plain-spoken tunefulness of Bley’s writing so vividly … what Douglas and co-leading reedist Chet Doxas are after isn’t emulation so much as mastering the musical grammar of Bley’s writing and incorporating it into their own expression.”
Down Beat ★★★★
“Harmony usually isn’t the major point in a band with just two horns, a bass and a drum kit. (Note: no piano, no guitar.) But scarcity is opportunity. On “Never Mind,” a serenading new waltz on Dave Douglas and Riverside’s new disc, “The New National Anthem,” it’s all about the satisfying amity between Mr. Douglas’s trumpet and Chet Doxas’s tenor saxophone. And there’s a not-so-secret ingredient: those bubbling, two-note globules coming from the five-string electric bass of Steve Swallow, who wrote the tune.”
New York Times
“The emphasis is on an intimate, loose-limbed ensemble feel, though Swallow breaks out occasionally and Douglas, of course, has command distilled in each and every note.”
Jazz Wise ★★★★
“The group illustrates its agility while delighting us with whimsy…”
“Compositions here do exactly what they should in jazz, creating zones of reference and specific materials, assembling interesting ideas that invite elaboration … they inspire individual and collective performances of a very high order.”
New York City Jazz Record
"Douglas’ trumpet sound is slightly pinched and occasionally warped by mutes, which allows him to converse with Doxas’ clarinet in a relaxed and easygoing manner. Swallow’s bass is a deep throb, and Jim Doxas scampers across his kit and back, rarely cutting loose but always keeping just enough tension in the rhythm that you think he might go off any second, so you better pay attention."
"Riverside is blessed by the maturity of the trumpeter/composer, the presence of master musician Steve Swallow, and the influences that the Doxas brothers bring to the music, not to forget lessons learned from listening to the music of Carla Bley.”
Richard Kamins, Step Tempest