Despite busy schedules, the five co-leaders of Opus 5 return
once again with a fourth album, Tickle, a statement of
great virtuosity, melodic integrity and rhythmic focus.
Taking its place alongside
Introducing Opus 5 (Criss 1339),
Pentasonic (Criss 1351) and
Progression (Criss 1369),
this session finds the band in peak form, interpreting compositions by all
the band's members.
From the shifting funk-to-swing of drummer Donald Edwards-penned
title track, to the singable purity of tenorist Seamus Blake's
opening Silver Pockets, to the poetic bass cadenza and plaintive mood
of bassist Boris Kozlov's closing ballad Murzake,
Tickle secures Opus 5's place as one of
the most compelling and long-lived collectives in recent years.
Pianist David Kikoski composed the beautiful New Old Ballad,
trumpeter Alex Sipiagin wrote Equilibrium.
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Silver Pockets (Seamus Blake) 8:25
Tickle (Donald Edwards) 9:01
New Old Ballad (David Kikoski) 9:34
Five Corners (Boris Kozlov) 8:42
Equilibrium (Alex Sipiagin) 9:03
Crack To The Crevice (Donald Edwards) 7:31
Murzake (Boris Kozlov) 7:13
Total Time: 59:44
August 15, 2014
Brooklyn, NY, USA