You can now order the AUTUMN WIND vinyl (2LP/180g), CD, digital on Amazon & digital on iTunes, out Oct. 13th (North America) & Oct. 27th (Europe, Asia, Australia) on the ACT record label!:
Scott DuBois / guitar & conductor
Gebhard Ullmann / tenor sax & bass clarinet
Thomas Morgan / bass
Kresten Osgood / drums
Eva León / violin I
Conway Kuo / violin II
William Frampton / viola
Sarah Rommel / cello
Erin Lesser / flute
BJ Karpen / oboe
Elisabeth Stimpert / clarinet
Michael Harley / bassoon
Here are the liner notes I wrote for AUTUMN WIND which explain more about the project:
My vision for this album came as I drank coffee in a German train station. I was returning to New York after touring with my quartet. My idea: To use three quartets to create a conversation between the world of contemporary classical composition and that of modern jazz composition and improvisation. Autumn would be my theme.
Carrying out my plan, I first composed twelve pieces for my quartet and recorded them in Copenhagen. Each piece begins with a different note, generating a twelve-tone row I used in various parts of the compositions. Later, in New York, building on the fluid performances and improvisations in those recordings, I composed, conducted and recorded pieces for classical string and woodwind quartets to be superimposed on the jazz performances.
The first piece is for solo guitar. Each subsequent piece adds one instrument, culminating in a finale (for twelve musicians) in which the twelve-tone row structures the entire composition. Among other compositional techniques I employed were aleatoricism, minimalism and serialized rhythms, pitches and dynamics. Always I focused on the beautiful melody and harmony suggested to me by autumn’s permutations.
This musical journey begins with the shifting light of early autumn and continues with a tranquil stroll at dusk. The season’s tiniest composers appear after dark.
The mystery of the animal kingdom’s autumn journey coincides with the season’s changing leaves. Birds call and fly in grand formation through sunlight, clouds, rain and blustery winds.
The autumn wind carries sounds from near and far.
Moonbeams penetrate the deep forest. Sunrise reveals farm fields covered with snow.
Chimney smoke rises against the blue sky in bright sunlight. With night, stars sparkle and flare. The aurora borealis paints the sky.
The journey ends in quiet reflection.
New York City
June 21, 2017
Some recently re-discovered photos of Scott DuBois and the great Dave Liebman performing together at the 55 Bar in NYC back in 2007! All photos by Juan Carlos Hernandez:
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Very happy to announce that the new Scott DuBois album AUTUMN WIND will be released on the ACT record label, October 13th (North America) & October 27th (Europe, Asia, Australia) on vinyl (double-LP/180g), CD and digitally. The new record is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed WINTER LIGHT album, and features Gebhard Ullmann, Thomas Morgan, Kresten Osgood + a string & woodwind octet. You can read all about the concept for the new album in the AUTUMN WIND PRESS RELEASE!
The Scott DuBois Quartet will perform this Saturday, June 3rd at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City! See the PERFORMANCES page for details!
I had a great time all day Sunday conducting these wonderful musicians in a string/wind octet recording of my new compositions for the next record!:
Eva León - violin
Conway Kuo - violin
William Frampton - viola
Sarah Rommel - cello
Erin Lesser - flute
BJ Karpen - oboe
Elisabeth Stimpert - clarinet
Michael Harley - bassoon
The great recording engineer/sound artist Walter Quintus has passed away. I had the great privilege to work often with Walter over the past 8 years, on my "Black Hawk Dance," "Landscape Scripture," and "Winter Light" albums and also on my upcoming "Live in Munich" concert film of my quartet. Walter was a brilliant, incredibly kind, generous man, and a dear friend with a heart of gold. My condolences to his wife and son. Enjoy the next part of your wonderful journey, Walter. Thank you for everything.
The Scott DuBois Quartet's performance in Graz, Austria received a great live review from Austria's largest newspaper, The Kronen Zeitung: "Jazz guitarist Scott DuBois...provided an extraordinary treat for the listeners...edgy, romantic, wonderful."
The Scott DuBois Quartet will tour Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark from January 27 - February 4, 2017! Visit the PERFORMANCES page for details!
"Winter Light" has been named one of the "Best Releases of 2016" by All About Jazz's Dan Bilawsky! Visit the FROM UNITED STATES tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full article!
More sound clips from Scott DuBois's six albums have just been added to this site. Visit the SOUND page to listen!
Scott DuBois just joined Twitter and you can follow him here!: @sduboismusic
Very pleased to present the trailer for an upcoming 90-minute live concert film klangmalerei.tv made of the Scott DuBois Quartet's recent live performance of the "Winter Light" album in Munich, Germany. The full film is coming soon!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbrepqIcpXI
Germany's HIFI TEST says of "Winter Light": "...the concept is a complete success...Scott DuBois creates his music as a painter creates images." Visit the AUS DEUTSCHLAND tab on the REVIEWS page to read the full review in German!
"Winter Light" received a great review in JAZZIZ Magazine!: "From Rembrandt to Monet, artists have long sought to capture the essence of natural light. Now, guitarist and composer Scott DuBois takes up this painterly and poetic task through sonic expression..." Visit the FROM UNITED STATES tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full review!
NYC and Baltimore! Come hear the Scott DuBois Quartet on Friday, June 24th at the Cornelia St. Cafe in NYC and Saturday, June 25th at An die Musik in Baltimore, MD!
More Scott DuBois music has just been added to the Scott DuBois YouTube channel which you can subscribe to here!: www.youtube.com/scottduboismusic
Recently discovered video from a BET Jazz Television broadcast of Scott DuBois' performance and interview at the 2005 Thelonious Monk Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. has just been posted on this site! Visit the VIDEO page to watch the video of the performance and interview with additional commentary from John Pizarelli and Clark Terry
Another great live review from the recent Scott DuBois Quartet Germany tour, this one in the Thüringische Landeszeitung Newspaper! Visit the AUS DEUTSCHLAND tab on the REVIEWS page to read the live review!
The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung gave the Scott DuBois Quartet's recent performance at Jazz e.V. Dachau in Dachau, DE a great review!: "Wonderfully subtle music...Impressionistic...tonal elegance...hypnotic...Winter as an aesthetic spectacle...excellent musicians..." Visit the AUS DEUTSCHLAND tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full review in German!
Great "Winter Light" review in the March 2016 issue of DownBeat Magazine who calls "Winter Light" "startling and full-bodied, even rhapsodic...a joyous min-symphony unto itself." Visit the FROM UNITED STATES tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to the full review!
Scott DuBois has just signed with the New Arts Agency in the Netherlands who will now handle his booking in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg! Visit the New Arts Agency's website at www.newartsagency.com