Bleak Midwinter

Hopkins, Duncan


Yorkminster Citadel Band

British born Duncan Hopkins is a double bassist, composer, arranger and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He has been likened to the world’s best : “St.Catharines has given the jazz world one important composer…Kenny Wheeler. It may have another one … in the person of Duncan Hopkins”. Globe and Mail and “(Duncan’s) strength’s lie in his writing and sense of textural organisation, which show him willing to stretch, push or otherwise challenge style and format.” Globe and Mail

Aside from his own projects, he is a popular sideman for a wide variety of artists such as Dianna Krall, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Lester Bowie, Kenny Wheeler, John Hicks, Peter Appleyard, Ken Peplowski, Ed Bickert, D.D. Jackson, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Sam Rivers, George Masso, Tony Malaby, Bobo Stenson and arrangers Robert Farnon and Ralph Carmichael to name but a few. He was the last bassist in the famed Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass for several tours including Brazil and concerts including Carnegie Hall. He has also been the bassist with the popular Canadian Jazz Quartet since 2000.

Duncan has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil and the United States. He can be heard on over forty albums, numerous CBC, BBC and NPR recordings with such groups as The Pat LaBarbera Trio/Quartet, Dianna Krall, Peter Appleyard, Robert Farnon,The John Tank Quartet, The Warren Vache Quartet, The Nikki Iles Trio, The Martin Speake/Bobo Stenson Quartet.

Now he brings the natural evolution of Red and Brassy in Bleak Midwinter. A collection of twelve songs: four typically contemporary yet accessible originals and then some new arrangements of winter classics such as In The Bleak Midwinter.

  1. Blue March
  2. In The Bleak Midwinter
  3. Colin's Lullabye/Lullabye
  4. Huran Carol
  5. Three Views of Coventry
  6. Lament for the Lost
  7. In The Love of Jesus
  8. Away in a Manger / O Christmas Tree
  9. Londonderry Air
  10. Christmas Time is Here
  11. Homeless
  12. O Canada

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