High Risk

 
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High Risk

 

““The biggest element is this meeting of the worlds; an openness and willingness to put everything at risk. I wanted to create a situation where we really were at risk, we were on a high wire, where the exigencies of being in the moment and creating with your wits from one second to the next was what it was about.” – Dave Douglas

The thing we call jazz and the thing we call electronic music are both fundamentally concerned with newness. Each follows its own particular, seemingly mutually exclusive path of discovery and creation, its own process toward realizing something where before there was nothing: on one hand, through the dynamic, unpredictable, in-the-moment spiritual alchemy of improvisation; on the other hand, through a meticulous, creatively probing exploration and inventive interrogation of technology’s constantly evolving potential.

HIGH RISK is all at once a new musical ensemble – a highly collaborative quartet convened by veteran trumpeter, composer and bandleader Dave Douglas; a new record on Douglas’ own Greenleaf Music imprint – a richly evocative opus, rife with intersecting currents of sound and emotion; and a new conceptual endeavor, grappling with the tricky, even treacherous, but fertile intersection of these two similarly motivated but inherently disparate streams.” - Greenleaf Music Press Release

Dave Douglas High Risk Trinosophes Detroit posters, designed by Michael Cina + Aaron Bobzien

 

Dark Territory

 

Dark Territory is a collection of new music from the creative electronic-inspired ensemble High Risk. Following the success of the group’s eponymous release in 2015, this new album continues to explore the intersection of creative improvisation and modern electronic music production to create a unique sound that Pitchfork described as, “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.” 

Lead by two-time GRAMMY® nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas, the album once again features Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective) on electric and acoustic bass, Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt, David Bowie) on electric and acoustic drums and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics. 

The material was 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), and mastered by Mark Wilder.” - Greenleaf Music Press Release

Release

 

High Risk, released on Greenleaf Music on June 23, 2015.

All compositions and arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI) 
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

Personel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet 
Jonathan Maron, electric and synth basses 
Mark Guiliana, acoustic and electric drums 
Shigeto, electronics 

 

Vinyl:

A1. Molten Sunset
A2. Household Item
A3. Etiquette
A4. First Things First
B1. High Risk
B2. Tied Together
B3. Cardinals

CD / Streaming:

01. Molten Sunset
02. Household Item
03. Etiquette
04. First Things First
05. High Risk
06. Tied Together
07. Cardinals

GRE-CD-1042, CD/Steaming, WAV/MP3 download, 2015-06-23
GRE-LP-1043, Black vinyl, 2015-06-23

 
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Dark Territory, released on Greenleaf Music on April 16, 2016.

All compositions and arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)  except “Let's Get One Thing Straight”, “Mission Acropolis” and “Ridge Hill” by Dave Douglas, Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron, Zach Saginaw, and Steve Wall. 
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 Russell Moore 
Background photos courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory 

Personel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet 
Jonathan Maron, electric and synth basses 
Mark Guiliana, acoustic and electric drums 
Shigeto, electronics 

 

CD / Streaming:

01. Celine
02. All The Pretty Horsepower
03. Let’s Get One Thing Straight
04. Mission Acropolis
05. Ridge Hill
06. Neural
07. Loom Large

Vinyl:

A1. Celine
A2. All The Pretty Horsepower
A3. Let’s Get One Thing Straight
B1. Mission Acropolis
B2. Ridge Hill
B3. Neural
B4. Loom Large


Videos

 

High Risk EPK
December 30, 2015

“Tied Together” music video
July 15, 2015

 

Dark Territory Trailer
March 18, 2016

 

See also

 

Intermission
From the same period as Shigeto’s collaborations with Dave Douglas