ARTURO MORA: Tell us about your new record, Tempest.
SCOTT DUBOIS: This is my second release for the Soul
Note record label and the same group with whom I recorded my debut
CD Monsoon and with whom I have been touring for the past
six years. My compositions have taken somewhat of a new direction
from when the last record was recorded in 2002. I’m going
for different textures in my writing, composition forms, rhythms,
ARTURO MORA: There are two wind players (among Dave
Liebman, Jason Rigby and Loren Stillman) in each tune. How did you
decide who were the appropriate ones for each song?
SCOTT DUBOIS: I tried to hear who would be most appropriate
for each piece, after considering the composition. There were a
few pieces that just shouted Liebman and Loren and a few pieces
that said Loren and Jason, eventually using all combinations of
the three players.
ARTURO MORA: There’s an almost ethnic motive
in some parts of Tempest, strengthened by Dave Liebman’s
Indian flute sound. In other parts your guitar strumming reminds
of a folk environment, and elements of rock and drum’n’bass
can also be found throughout the recording. Do you think crossover
is, today, a central element of jazz?
SCOTT DUBOIS: Absolutely. The music people are writing
today in the modern jazz/improvised music scene has influences from
every type of music you can imagine. This has been in jazz since
the beginning when it began as a blend of European harmony and African
rhythm coming together in America. I listen to almost every type
of music that is out there and it just naturally flows through my
pencil when I’m composing.
ARTURO MORA: On November 16th and 17th you will perform
live at Bogui Jazz in Madrid. What will your repertoire consist
SCOTT DUBOIS: It will consist of pieces from my debut
CD Monsoon, pieces from my latest CD Tempest,
and very recent compositions.
ARTURO MORA: What can you tell as about the band you’ll
bring to Madrid?
SCOTT DUBOIS: I’m excited to have this group
in Madrid. It’ll be with the great Gebhard Ullmann on Tenor
and Soprano Saxophone and Bass Clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass,
and Jeff Davis on drums. Gebhard is one of my favorite sax players
around today. Jeff and Eivind work together as a rhythm section
with many people in New York, so they have an amazing connection
and are constantly communicating and interacting at the highest
ARTURO MORA: How would you describe your music?
SCOTT DUBOIS: It is always hard to do that and difficult
to put labels. I will leave that for the listener’s ears.
ARTURO MORA: Which is your goal when writing new music?
SCOTT DUBOIS: I’ll wake up in the morning with
a melody in my head, or will be riding the subway in New York and
hear a rhythm from the city that I will have to write down immediately.
I just write what I hear and I go from there.
ARTURO MORA: When composing, are you aware of the
time signature you are using beforehand, or does it develop from
SCOTT DUBOIS: It really develops from the initial
melodic or harmonic idea that creates the piece. I generally hear
a basic idea in my head and then it grows after working through
it for hours, days, weeks.
ARTURO MORA: How do you decide if playing acoustic
or electric guitar on a specific tune?
SCOTT DUBOIS: I usually hear the sound of either acoustic
or electric over the composition and that makes the decision.
ARTURO MORA: In the recent years you’re performing
a lot in Europe. What would you highlight from your European experience?
SCOTT DUBOIS: I love playing in Europe. Europeans
make great audiences. The highlight has been the great reception
we have received from the people at the clubs and festivals. The
people really have open ears and minds in Europe for modern jazz/creative
improvised music and for risk-taking music.
ARTURO MORA: What music are you listening to at the
SCOTT DUBOIS: Where do I start? I have been checking
out a lot of 20th Century Classical composers recently such as Charles
Ives, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Bela Bartok. Jazz-wise, I have been listening
to the Cecil Taylor/Buell Neidlinger Mosaic boxset, the Miles Davis
In a Silent Way boxset, a lot of Paul Bley, an Anthony
Braxton’s quartet record he did live at the Willisau Jazz
Festival, Ornette Coleman, and a lot of my peers who are releasing
great CDs. I’ve been also listening to a great Norwegian vocalist
named Hanne Hukkelberg.
ARTURO MORA: Which current musicians do you admire
SCOTT DUBOIS: I admire my peers around me doing what
I am doing. There is a great scene where I live in New York and
I am constantly impressed with what I hear from my peers who perform
regularly at the clubs where I also play. We all feed off of each
ARTURO MORA: Next projects: what’s to come?
SCOTT DUBOIS: My group is going to tour Germany and
Switzerland and then will record our third CD for the Between the
Lines record label. We also have a tour in Italy coming up. You
can always visit my website at www.scottdubois.com
for more information on future projects, recordings, and tours.