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John McNeil

John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For nearly three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music.

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”...plays his horn with a soulfulness that is rarely heard these days. [His] poetic, dusky-toned trumpet is very close to song.” —Chicago Tribune

“McNeil's solos were by and large the most incisive features of the night.” —London Daily Mail

“John McNeil's music is not a dim echo of someone else. He thinks for himself.” —Milwaukee Journal

“Mr. McNeil's trumpet work is full and rich with a bright, clear tone. His improvisations showed a sensitivity and lushness few can match.” —Kansas City Star

“...a balance of understatement and uninhibited swinging.” —Washington Post

“...his refusal to fall back on prefabricated hip licks was another sign of his commitment to emotional truth.” —Chicago Tribune

“ soon as he put mouth to horn, his talent was evident...

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Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond
sax, alto
Brad Shepik Brad Shepik
Greg Tardy Greg Tardy
sax, tenor
Uri Caine Uri Caine
Mark Colby Mark Colby
Terry Plumeri Terry Plumeri
bass, acoustic

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