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Taking their name from a famous painting by Edward Hopper, the atmospheric jazz duo Nighthawks is comprised of bassist Dal Martino and trumpeter Reiner Winterschladen. The duo's previous credentials are quite impressive -- Martino has worked with the likes of Wolf Maahn and Jaki Liebezeit, while Winterschladen has been a member of the NDR Big Band since 1995, in addition to playing with the European Jazz Ensemble, the Manfred Schoof Big Band, and Rausch. Both players came up with the idea of Nighthawks while playing as part of the outfit Trance Groove (the 1997 album Paramount). Soon after, the pair was offered a joint commission to do production for a film project, resulting in the release of their debut, Citizen Wayne, in September of 2000. ~ Greg Prato