Operation Northwoods is a new band formed by four accomplished young musicians who have collaborated on innovative projects together for many years. Trumpeter Douglas Detrick and saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi first met while completing their graduate studies in Eugene, Oregon, and went on to collaborate on numerous projects, including Hashem's pub-rock band Safety Buffalo and Doug's award winning chamber-jazz crossover band, the Anywhen Ensemble. Pianist Andrew Oliver and guitarist Dan Duval have worked together on many projects over the last decade, including genre-bending minimalist jazz ensemble the Ocular Concern and modern big band and non-profit presenting organization the Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble. Operation Northwoods was founded by these four unique improvisers and composers as a forum for the exploration of chamber oriented art music drawing on elements of jazz, minimalism, and the avant garde. The band was formed immediately after Doug and Hashem relocated to New York City, and so the few opportunities the group has had to collaborate have been very special due to their scarcity. Their debut EP, "The Bureau of Fiction," was recorded over two days seperated by exactly two years. The result is a highly unique yet charming and accessible collection of musical oddities with a strong chamber sensibility, a playful sense of humor, and many passages of elegant grace and quiet repose. Equally appropriate as title music for a cooking show or as concert music programmed alongside the avant garde, "The Bureau of Fiction" is an exciting debut and a promising step towards great future accomplishments for this highly idiosyncratic but always fun and friendly quartet.
PJCE Records is a grassroots recording label documenting the wide variety of original music being created by Portland area jazz composers and improvisers. We aim to provide an outlet to encourage the dissemination of new music in the area as well as fostering community within the jazz and improvised music scene in Portland. We release one album per month digitally and/or in limited CD pressings. The albums are recorded live in one session per album, reflecting a common practice from jazz history and encouraging a rapid turnaround to document and enhance the thriving community of jazz and improvising musicians in the Portland area. The label is operated by the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble and all rights to the music remain with the individual artists.
released April 15, 2013
"Remember the Maine" and "One" by Douglas Detrick
"The Garden of Forking Paths" and "The Zeppelin Ride, Part 2" by Dan Duval
"Getting Got," "Operation Northwoods," and "Saturn's Return" by Hashem Assadullahi
"54"40' or Fight" and "The Bureau of Fiction" by Andrew Oliver
Douglas Detrick, trumpet
Hashem Assadullahi, soprano and alto sax
Dan Duval, guitar
Andrew Oliver, piano
Recorded February 4, 2011 (2, 6, 7, 9) and February 4, 2013 (1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10)
at Map Room Studio by Josh Powell
Mix / Master by Andrew Oliver
Art by tinylittlehammers
Thanks to the PJCE Board, Josh Powell, the Branded Saloon, and Dylan McConnell