iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Prophecy by Diedre Murray & Fred Hopkins, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

This is one of the few dates led by the late Air/Henry Threadgill bassist Fred Hopkins, who was a founding member of the AACM in Chicago. With cellist Diedre Murray, guitarist Brandon Ross (Cassandra Wilson), and Newman Baker on drums, this set of Murray compositions is a knotty, steamy, smoky ride through the various entanglements associated with a jazz ensemble whose principals are all string players. For starters, there's the spattered, elongated melodic patter in "Eureka," with its shape-shifting time signatures and tonal incongruities that have Hopkins creating a contrapuntal melody from a rock rhythm figure while Murray stops and starts, sputters, falters, and then careens in a different lyric idea against the grain of the rhythm section. Perhaps the most beautiful composition on the disc is "Doo-Wop II," a medium-tempo snaky river with eerie changes and a guitar break by Ross that reveals the depth of his melodicism. Elsewhere, on "Song for the Lost People" Hopkins gets a chance to slip into his soul groove roots for a while, carrying a Memphis harmonic figure through the middle of a minor-key shuffle that opens up in the middle to reveal a complex, sophisticated sense of syncopation and chromatic elegance. The compositions here may be by Murray, and her cello is everywhere, but the depth of feeling and closeness of the ensemble are evidenced here by the gigantic presence of Hopkins, a musician who believed that what made music go from one person to the next was the simple transference of emotion. This is a most welcome reissue.

Biography

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...
Full bio
Prophecy, Diedre Murray
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Contemporaries