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, the originals are so intriguing that the three non-originals seem somewhat pointless. Not that they aren't nice. Wayne Shorter's "Sleeping Dancer Sleep On" and Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus" provide moments of some very pretty soloing. But Duncan's writing is so hip that I would rather have heard three more of his tunes than three tunes that I've heard before. Of course, points of entry for listeners new to a musician's style are always welcome, and Duncan acquits himself well here.
On the originals side, however, there are quite a few gems to pick from. The opening track, "No Return," is a twisting and turning composition that breaks away from the usual head-solo-head mentality that dooms so many releases these days. "Tony's City" burns from the get-go, and the way these guys bounce ideas off of one another makes for a great listen.
This disc is fresh from beginning to end, and not only would I recommend it, but I have to say that Unveiled will more than likely end up in my top ten of the year. After you take a listen it will probably be in your Top Ten, too.