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NewYork-based trumpeter/composer Nathan Eklund assembles a fiery, swinging quintet for Coin Flip, his fourth release as a leader and first for Seattle’s OA2 Records. The nine track disc is as much a showcase for Eklund’s convincing abilities as a composer and arranger as it is for his dynamic trumpet playing.
Eklund demonstrates an immense trumpet tone with technical agility, rooted in the post-bop tradition. Echoes of the late trumpet giants Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw can be heard on the meter-shifting opener “Rooicka’s Castle” and the groovy “Professor Dissendadt,” a tune reminiscent of a CTI Records date from the early 1970s.
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