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by Elysian

Nine brand new compositions "which stretch, push or otherwise challenge style and format.” Thought provoking music presented simply with double bass, piano and a vocalist. And a haunting cover of the Spiritual "Wayfaring Stranger."
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Captain (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peaa)
7:51 $0.99
2. Wayfaring Stranger (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
3:53 $0.99
3. Escape to Madeira (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
5:07 $0.99
4. All Is Well (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
5:38 $0.99
5. Behind the Lines (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
6:15 $0.99
6. A Belgian Blues (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
5:58 $0.99
7. Changing Tides (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
6:07 $0.99
8. Shadows in the Light (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
6:02 $0.99
9. The Best Days of Your Life (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
3:39 $0.99
10. When the Music Dies (feat. Duncan Hopkins, Nikki Iles & Thierry Peala)
3:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Elysian is the new project of composer, educator and double bassist Duncan Hopkins. Featuring Thierry Peala from Paris on vocals, pianist Nikki Iles from London and double bassist Duncan Hopkins.

“St.Catharines has given the jazz world one important composer…Kenny Wheeler. It may have another one … in the person of Duncan Hopkins”. Mark Miller - Globe and Mail, Canada

“(Duncan’s) strength’s lie in his writing and sense of textural organisation, which show him willing to stretch, push or otherwise challenge style and format.” Globe and Mail

Duncan has worked with Dianna Krall, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Lester Bowie, Kenny Wheeler, John Hicks, Peter Appleyard, Ken Peplowski, Ed Bickert, D.D. Jackson, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Sam Rivers, George Masso, Tony Malaby, Bobo Stenson and arrangers Robert Farnon and Ralph Carmichael to name but a few. He was the last bassist in the famed Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass for several tours including Brazil and concerts including Carnegie Hall. He was also the bassist with the popular Canadian Jazz Quartet from 2000 – 2014 when he moved back to Europe.

Duncan has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil and the United States. He can be heard on over fifty albums, numerous CBC, BBC and NPR recordings with such groups as The Pat LaBarbera Trio/Quartet, Dianna Krall, Peter Appleyard, Robert Farnon, The John Tank Quartet, The Warren Vache Quartet, The Nikki Iles Trio, The Martin Speake/Bobo Stenson Quartet.

Selected discography and some reviews;

Le Rouge (1994)

“This CD is Excellent!” {Cadence Magazine NY, USA}

Kindred Spirits (1996)

“..a high-grade release where the writing…is as impressive as the playing.” {The Toronto Star}.

Snapshots (2000)

“Snapshots …. is an impressive and accessible CD of contemporary jazz….(it) lends the disc (to) an early 60’s Miles Davis Quintet feel {Downtowner 2000}.

Secret (2002)

“Make the effort to get this exceptional CD. {Phil Erenshaft Whole Magazine} “very intelligent, sharp and very musical.” {John Fordham The London Guardian U.K.

Red & Brassy (2005).

“Duncan Hopkins adds an inspired voice to Canadian jazz composition with his masterful Red & Brassy, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past, present, and future in one invigorating breath. { e-jazznews}

“This cd is a remarkable musical accomplishment – highly recommended!” (Wholenote Magazine Mar 01, 2006)

Bloor st. (2010)

“The quality of the compositions, the incisiveness of the soloing and the collective spirit of the enterprise make this a better album than its predecessor. Hopkins’s seamless countermelodic flow beneath Speake and Iles is reminiscent of the late Bill Evans sideman Scott La Faro…”

{John Fordham The Guardian UK}



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