After you take a listen it will probably be in your Top Ten, too.
Clearly from the mainstream jazz tradition, Chicago trumpeter/composer Greg Duncan's debut adds a fresh look with a collection of originals and new standards, performed by some of the midwest's top young talent. From the Mingus-like swagger of "Jimi Hendrix," to the modern chamber approach of "No Return," "Unveiled" contains a cohesive mix of styles and emotions ranging from bluesy and jubilant, to introspective and spiritual. In addition to his weekly gigs at Chicago's Green Mill and Mercury Theater, Duncan has become an intregal part of the scene following his arrival following graduate work at the University of North Texas and tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
1 No Return 7:02
2 Sleeping Dancer Sleep On 8:40
3 Jimi H. 9:55
4 Guardian Angel 8:01
5 Unveiled 7:30
6 Tony's City 8:04
7 Black Narcissus 7:49
8 On The Prowl 9:17
9 My Foolish Heart 6:02
GREG DUNCAN - trumpet / flugelhorn
DAN NICHOLSON - tenor / alto sax
MARCIN FAHMY - piano
JON DEITEMEYER - drums
JEFF GREENE - bass
Produced by Greg Duncan
Recorded October 15 and December 13, 2006
at Victorian Recording Studio in Barrington, Illinois
Sound Engineers: Josh Richter and Darrell Jones
Mixed by Josh Richter at Victorian Recording Studio
Mastered by Danny Leake / Urban Guerrilla Engineers
Photo of Greg by Reana Kovalcik
Photo of Chicago's Lake Shore Drive by Steve Geer
Photo of Flugelhorn by Chad McCullough
Design & Layout by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Bandleader Greg Duncan spent some time touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and in ways it shows here on his debut recording. While he's working in a quintet for Unveiled, and on modern compositions, there's a definite classic big-band sound. The players here -- Duncan on trumpet, Dan Nicholson on sax, and Marcin Fahmy, Jon Deitemeyer, and Jeff ...
Chicago Jazz Magazine (Paul Abella)
It's not too often that you know you're in for a treat of a record within the first twenty seconds. However, that is the case here with Greg Duncan's first release, Unveiled, on OA2 Records. Over the course of seventy-plus minutes, this disc grooves, swings, bops and just plain rocks out. The songs are well written and well executed. Frankly, th ...
Jazz Review (Jim Shulstad )
Welcome Chicago trumpeter/composer Greg Duncan to the growing list of jazz artists. His compositional style, paired with his astounding playing will send Duncan toward the top of the list in a short time. Duncan studied at Washington State University and at the University of North Texas. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and is a re ...
Cadence, Oct-Nov 2007 (Grego Applegate Edwards)
Trumpeter Greg Duncan works and resides in Chicago and received his Masters at North Texas State. With a prominent middle range and occasional climbs to the mid-upper registers, Duncan's playing most often reminds of early- to mid-period Miles, certainly in sound if not always in terms of phrases. On his first CD there are six originals. All refle ...