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 regular performer at Chicago's Green Mill and Mercury Theater.
Duncan's quintet mixes thoughtful spirituality with brilliant jubilee on his Unveiled CD. Their mainstream approach to standards and Duncan's originals breathe new life into modern jazz. The group plays with a full bodied sound as the two horns blend beautifully over the driving swing of the rhythm section. The title track "Unveiled" is gorgeous, while "Tony's City" depicts a busy street scene full of surprises. The subtle distortion effect on "Jimi H." is a nice homage to the late guitarist, and a delightful addition to the layers of sound produced by the group. The mix of the CD is very well done.
The mood of Unveiled ranges from reflective to bold with Duncan's Blanchard-like playing and his tributes to Joe Henderson and Brad Mehldau. Backed by a crew of solid young talent, Greg Duncan has unveiled a new force in jazz.