Jacob Duncan’s musical path has been a fascinating one, consistently balancing a spiritual, intuitive inclination with a keen, educated intelligence. Band leader, composer, arranger and force of nature saxophonist, Duncan’s ensemble playing is as empathetically assured as his soloing is riskily rewarding. Beginning on alto sax at age eleven, the Louisville, Kentucky native soon distinguished himself as the kid who could play. He graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, played lead alto in the Yamaha Big Band in high school, and won a music scholarship to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he was a member of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, and other stimulating outlets, including his own Liberation Prophecy.
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……..Jacob Duncan’s haunting alto work builds to a crescendo of creativity.
…he hits you with flash and power, and he traps you with the kind of playing
that just grabs you.
-This is Books Music
…Jacob Duncan’s playing on The Innkeeper’s Gun] winds through eight
compositions defined by an identity characterized by its own mood, which is
of a strict internal consistency, and moves between the rich and expressive
nuances of Sonny Rollins, the sharp and staggered trajectories of Ornette
Coleman, and the borderline ascetic phrases of Lee Konitz.
–Voncenzo Roggero (AAJ)
…….swaggering yet sensitive
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