Fred Hopkins/Diedre Murray Quartet: Prophecy
Within a fairly straight-ahead setting, soloists trade off with accompanists in very subtle ways. After all, with three string players in the band, there is quite a bit of overlapping range. Using this freedom of motion, the players come up with some interesting arrangements and improvisational surprises. Indeed, Brandon Ross's playing is quite different from what you might have heard on Cassandra Wilson records: much less formulaic and thus much more interesting.
Occasional forays into a freer sound keep the music from deflating. Indeed, the iron rock of the group is bassist Fred Hopkins, whose range is incredibly broad: in the past, he's played on record with everybody from Vernon Reid to Jemeel Moondoc. His depth and focus keep the band grounded.
Track Listing: Eureka; Prophecy; Waterfall; Doo-Wop II; Song for the Lost People; Calypso.
Personnel: Fred Hopkins, bass; Diedre Murray, cello; Newman Baker, drums; Brandon Ross, guitar.
Record Label: About Time Records
Style: Modern Jazz