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Jacob Duncan’s musical path has been a fascinating one, consistently balancing a spiritual, intuitive inclination with a keen, educated intelligence. Band leader, composer, arranger and force of nature saxophonist, Duncan’s ensemble playing is as empathetically assured as his soloing is riskily rewarding. Beginning on alto sax at age eleven, the Louisville, Kentucky native soon distinguished himself as the kid who could play. He graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, played lead alto in the Yamaha Big Band in high school, and won a music scholarship to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he was a member of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, and other stimulating outlets, including his own Liberation Prophecy. After graduation and reading “way too much beat literature,” Duncan flew to Lisbon on a one-way ticket with alto in tow, $500, and very little else

It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Oomamaboomba Boulevard; Cartoons; Don't Count The Days; It's Alright To Dream; Dear Isadora; Nached Up; Kentucky Mud Shuffle.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Duncan: It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen

Read "It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In many instances, saxophone summits are ballsy blowouts steeped in performing jazz standards, especially when the hornists are used to leading their own bands, and they just want to get down to business in the studio. But such is not the case here, thanks to superb Louisville, KY-based saxophonist Jacob Duncan's (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) original ...

The Busker

Label: Calvin Cycle Collective
Released: 2017
Track listing: Backyard Self Portrait, Warsaw of Ermou, Yuni et Anais, Kentucky Child, The Locked Door, Down By Monk's Pond, Hamburg, 1998, Spyro's Song, Green Maria

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Duncan: The Busker

Read "The Busker" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hailing from Louisville, KY., saxophonist Jacob Duncan (Liberation Prophecy) plays his horn with vocal attributes on this trio endeavor that provides a storyline to his travels in the US and abroad. He was a busker (street entertainer) performing his craft near train stations, office complexes and so on, perhaps brightening the days and injecting a little ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Liberation Prophecy: Invisible House

Read "Invisible House" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

I Liberation Prophecy del sassofonista Jacob Duncan tornano a far parlare con un nuovo “oggetto musicale non identificato" a sette anni esatti dal primo, autoprodotto Last Exit Angel. Lo fanno nel migliore dei modi, confezionando un album intitolato Invisible House, dalla filigrana musicale ricchissima e complessa. Tante sono infatti le tracce che fanno di queste dieci ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Davis: Fortunes and Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2

Read "Fortunes and Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Double bassist Mike Davis organizes his spontaneous, immediate improvisations-compositions according to two arbitrary guidelines. The Fortunes group of such compositions draw its inspiration from evocative song titles taken from about 100 fortune cookies, but Davis and his trio co-conspirators--saxophonist Jacob Duncan and drummer Jason Tiemann--never discuss their different interpretations of these titles before playing. The second ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Liberation Prophecy: Invisible House

Read "Invisible House" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Louisville, KY octet Liberation Prophecy doesn't record that often, but amid other duties, sessions, and educational activities the members realign for their second release Invisible House, following up the critically acclaimed Last Exit Angel (Self-Produced, 2006). Indeed, the band has crafted another winner here. Even though the artists coalesce several disparate genres under the hood, ...


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