2016: The Year in Charts

Listen to Dave Douglas & High Risk Blend Jazz and Electronic Music on 'Dark Territory': Exclusive

Austin Nelson
Dave Douglas

Prolific jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas has always been an experimentalist -- he's collaborated with everyone from the Trisha Brown Dance Company to Tom Waits -- but his most recent project, High Risk, might just be his most eclectic yet.

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Together with an all-star band including Mark Guiliana and Jonathan Maron, Douglas creates a compelling acoustic-electric dynamic with producer (and jazz-trained drummer) Shigeto, a Ghostly International signee and all-around electronic music cool kid. 

Ahead of the album's wide release next week (July 8), Douglas is premiering the group's second release, Dark Territory, below -- it was initially release on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive (April 16). Stream the project in full here, and see what Douglas himself has to say about the project. 

What do you want people to take away from listening to the project?

At the risk of sounding trite, I just want people to be happy. I agree with those who say, "music is the healing force of the universe.​"​ High Risk is a band of really deep, committed individuals. This session really felt like everyone brought their innermost personalities into play, really opened up. There’s a lot of searching and a lot of sharing. We were trying to create something exciting and new with this meeting of diverse elements.

How has the dynamic of the group evolved since they first started playing together?

​Dark Territory is a very different record than our first one, ​High Risk. Our first LP was very much about delivering a set of tunes, bringing our sensibilities to bear in bringing these compositions alive. ​Dark Territory is a much more intense manipulation of our means -- it’s a very constructed record in the sense that we took some risks in the live playing knowing that we were feeding them into a creative studio production. In a way, you could say ​Dark Territory has a very jazz sensibility in that improvisation is such a major part of how we learned to play together.

Where do you see jazz going? What do you think its importance is to the music industry more broadly in 2016? ​ 

As an art form, jazz is alive and well. It is still a major influence on all the major musical trends in this country. There are more adventurous, skillful, committed artists in jazz than there have ever been. This is a golden age for music coming out of the legacy known as jazz.

What is your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Last night my wife was taunting me for listening to Burt Bacharach. But I don’t feel guilty about it at all, so maybe that doesn’t count? ​