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Cellist Diedre Murray and bassist Fred Hopkins combine forces for loose, unpredictable, exciting fare. Their mastery of their respective instruments results in some superb duets with Murray's higher-pitched bowing and Hopkins' plucking and answering lines making remarkable statements. The group explores calypso and tango variations, as well as outside dialogues, inside movements and a concluding blues tune that turns that form upside down. This material is sometimes challenging, sometimes humorous, and never conventional or staid throughout its eight selections.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Cellist Diedre Murray has been active in creative music since the '70s, and is known for her work in the groups of Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson, Leroy Jenkins, and Henry Threadgill, and for her own compositions. While working in Threadgill's group during the '80s and '90s, Murray found a complementary collaborator in bandmate and bassist Fred Hopkins. In 1990, the duo co-led a quartet date which didn't see release until the late '90s, but their next two duo recordings -- Firestorm and Stringology --...
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