Friday, October 21, 2016

Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste - Dada People (2016) GREENLEAF MUSIC

In the years between the two World Wars, the Dada movement questioned, altered, teased and undermined the very idea of art. A century later, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste draw inspiration from that “art of reinvention” with their collaborative album Dada People, due out October 2016 via Greenleaf Music. 

Perhaps no single artist embodies Dada’s slippery juxtapositions quite like Man Ray. Both French and American, commercial and avant-garde, Jewish by birth and mysterious by design, Man Ray epitomized the conflicting personae and attitudes that have come to define so much of the modern art world of the last century. Bridging the Atlantic through support from the French American Jazz Exchange, Douglas and Woeste explore those concepts through a 21st century lens, realized by a stellar quartet rounded out by bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Clarence Penn.

01. Oedipe 06:17
02. Mains Libres 06:14
03. Spork 07:32
04. Montparnasse 06:47
05. Transparent 06:55
06. Art of Reinvention 08:51
07. Emergent 05:42
08. Noire et Blanche 03:40
09. Longings and Illusions 05:42
10. Danger Dancer 05:17

Released October 14, 2016 

Produced by Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste 
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria NY on January 21-22, 2015. 
Recording Engineered by David Stoller 
Mixed and Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid 

Artwork and Design by Russell Moore 
Photography credit: Portrait of Man Ray and Salvador Dali, Paris. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs 
Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, LC-USZ62-42535 

Clarence Penn plays Canopus drums, Aquarian heads and Zildjian cymbals and sticks. 

Thanks to Matt and Clarence, David Stoller, Tyler McDiarmid, Mark Micklethwaite, Jakob Flarer at Saudades Tourneen, Reno di Matteo at Anteprima Productions, the French American Jazz Exchange and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. 

Thanks also to Ibrahim Maalouf, Emmanuel Morlet, Sara Donnelly, Jeannette Vuocolo, Angela Morris, Lia, Oscar, Leon and Clara. 

DADA PEOPLE has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).