The DJQ worked regularly through the 1980's, evolving a
sound which balanced Skinner's unique horn voicings and Ward's volcanic
bursts, a sound lyrical and passionate, melodic and brimming with
energy, Skinner's talent was recognized by Jackie McLean, who recorded
three Skinner compositions on the 1974 Cosmic Brotherhood, including
"Star Dancer," reprised here. The DJQ is not a cookie-cutter neo-bop
band; its sound is like no other.
"One of the best jazz releases of 1990."
-LA Daily News
"A refreshing blast of sharp, stylish jazz."
"An album of imagination and moods...(this)
trumpeter could knock 'em dead at the Knitting Factory or woo them at
the Blue Note."
-Wire Magazine (UK)
"A fine album, driving, funky and energetic."
Boston Music Award (1990): Best Jazz Album on an Indie Label
Personnel: Billy Skinner, tp, flh; Henry Cook, as, fl; Salim Washington, ts, fl; Ichi Takata, bs; Bobby Ward, dms.
Tracks: .Star Dancer; 2.No Negative Energy; 3.Kosen
Rufu; 4.Mood Indigo; 5.Angel; 6.En Route; 7.Season After Season; 8.52nd