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.
|1.||Silver Pockets (Seamus Blake) 8:25|
|2.||Tickle (Donald Edwards) 9:01|
|3.||New Old Ballad (David Kikoski) 9:34|
|4.||Five Corners (Boris Kozlov) 8:42|
|5.||Equilibrium (Alex Sipiagin) 9:03|
|6.||Crack To The Crevice (Donald Edwards) 7:31|
|7.||Murzake (Boris Kozlov) 7:13|
Total Time: 59:44
Recorded August 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano