The Greg Hopkins 16 Piece: Okavongo
There are four two-part compositions on the album allowing Hopkins' ideas to be fully explored. "Steller-Prologue" and "Steller by Satellite" are journeys, relatively gentle rather than perilous, into the creative world of modern jazz, with jagged rhythms, dissonant give and take between instruments such as between Hopkins' trumpet, Joe Hunt's drums with clashing cymbals and Jeff Galindo's trombone.
Hopkins, as expected, gets most of the solo work, although sax man Bill Pierce and guitarist Mick Goodrick do quite well also. Pierce is allowed spacious solo room on the Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" with Goodrick's guitar working underneath. This is one of the prime tracks on the album. Guitarist Goodrick is accorded much of the individual playing room. Okavongo offers exciting progressive jazz with classic symphonic jazz overtones and is recommended.
Track Listing: Stretchin'#; Okavongo*; Contra Part 1*; Contra Part 2*; Nightfall; Crackdown - Dialogue; Crackdown; Infant Eyes; Sphere of T. M. Part 1; Sphere of T. M. Part 2; Thoughts*; Steller - Prologue*; Steller by Satellite*
Personnel: Greg Hopkins, Scott DeOgburn, Don Gorder, Jeff Stout, Paul Fontaine, John Daly, George Zance - Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Larry Monroe, Bruce Nifong, Mark Pinto - Alto Sax/Flute; Bill Pierce - Tenor & Soprano Sax; Greg Badolato, John Griener - Tenor & Soprano Sax/ Flute; Tom Ferrante, Mark Phaneuf - Baritone Sax/Bass Clarinet; Tony Lada, Rick Stepton, Jeff Galindo, Jerry Ash, Tim Kelly - Trombone; Goodrick. Mick - Guitar; Tim Ray, Chris Neville, James Williams# - Piano; Paul Del Nero, Bruce Gertz - Bass; Joe Hunt - Drums
Style: Modern Jazz