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Mixing the new with the old, this Jazz Nonet performs "Boplicity," "Israel" and "Moon Dreams" from direct transcriptions. While Pilafian assumes a supporting role for this session, Hopkins contributes three pieces that pay a tribute in his own way. The longest is "Mystic Valley," which gives everyone a share of the spotlight. Even flute and clarinet are blended in, as the trumpeter demonstrates powerful chops and spontaneous ideas. Hopkins’ reverence for a ballad comes to light on "Bas Relief," which has a smoother approach and a laid-back natural serenity. Marohnic performs his own "Just Blues" alone at the piano, expressively, capturing a timeless mood of relaxed toe-tapping jazz that all generations can appreciate.
Track Listing: Boplicity; Hidden Agenda; Bas Relief; Israel; Mode To John; Just Blues; Moon Dreams; Mystic Valley.Collective
Personnel: Greg Hopkins- trumpet; Gary Carney, Russell Scarbrough- trombone; Samuel Pilafian- tuba; Scott Zimmer- alto sax; Bryon Ruth- alto sax, tenor sax; Steven Von Wald- baritone sax; Chuck Marohnic- piano; Ed Friedland- bass; Dom Moio- drums.
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