Born: November 12, 1968
James Duncan is a house music producer and trumpet player. He has been active in a number of diverse musical genres, ranging from Free Jazz and the NY Downtown/Avant Garde to Indie Rock, House Music and Disco-Not-Disco for over 20 years.
Born in Toronto in 1968, he began to play the trumpet and guitar in public school then studied trumpet classically at the University of Toronto. After his studies, he began co- leading bands and ensembles on the Toronto indie rock and free jazz scene of the early 90s, while continuing his improvisational studies with ex-Cecil Taylor trumpeter, the late, great Raphe Malik....
AwardsBBC Radio 1 Dance CD of The Year 2002 - Metro Area “Metro Area” CD Environ (Credit: Trumpet)
Rolling Stone Top 50 CDs 2002 - Metro Area “Metro Area” CD Environ (Credit: Trumpet)
Village Voice Jazz and Pop Poll 2002 - #9 Best Singles The Rapture “House of Jealous Lovers” 12” DFA (Credit: Trumpet)
Resident Advisor Top 100 CDs of the Decade 2000/2010 - #2 Metro Area “Metro Area” CD Environ (Credit: Trumpet)
Pitchfork.com Top 100 Singles of the Decade 2000/2010 - #15 The Rapture “House of Jealous Lovers” 12” DFA (Credit: Trumpet)
Normally reserved for free jazz releases by other artists,
James Duncan’s label now dances to the beat of his own
creations. Having graced Metro Area and other Environ
releases with his trumpet, Duncan’s own music comes from the
same school of rubbery disco-tech-house as his mate, Morgan
Geist. Four tracks of superb, diverse underground sounds.
And the minimal label has even got a picture of ‘Mr.
October’, controversial Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson! -
Piccadilly Records (record of the week)
James Duncan “Night Tracks” Le Systeme Records 2005
Extra special New York flavour from Metro Area’s live hornsman, James Duncan. At a rate of about a 12 every three years, this guy has consistently released some top rated material intermittently over the and this EP is no exception. Three untitled tracks of excellent deep house with old school New York shades (Pal Joey, Nu Groove etc.) and hints of the Detroit and Chicago and sounds of the likes of Theo Parrish and Larry Heard respectively. - Piccadilly Records (record of the week)