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Hopscotch

by Eric Mintel Quartet

Straight ahead jazz with catchy melodies, jazz that's lyrical, energetic, rhythmic and filled with emotion.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Hopscotch Eric Mintel
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2. Forty Days Dave Brubeck
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3. Swingin' On a Sunday Eric Mintel
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4. Japanese Maple Eric Mintel
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5. Caribbean Moonlight Eric Mintel
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6. Dance of the Beautiful Eric Mintel
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7. Philadelphia Blues Eric Mintel
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8. To Jobim Eric Mintel
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9. Fall Waltz Eric Mintel
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10. Strollin' Eric Mintel
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11. Caravan Duke Ellington
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"One of the Top 100 Jazz Albums of 2002!" "As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom". Dave Brubeck March 2002

A performance, by invitation from President Bill Clinton, at the White House, several performances at the Kennedy Center, collaborations with symphony orchestra and choral groups, performances in cultural centers, concert halls, providing clinics and outreach to elementary school students and educating the public on the importance of jazz in our society. These are just some of the accomplishments of pianist composer Eric Mintel and one of the finest straight ahead jazz groups in the country today, the Eric Mintel Quartet. 36 year old Eric Mintel has been hailed by the public for his exciting jazz performances, unconventional style of piano, his attention to melody in jazz and his use of classical elements within a performance.

Critics have also applauded Eric's fourth CD release titled Hopscotch by proclaiming, "This group connects with listeners and deserves wider recognition"(Karl Stark Philadelphia Inquirer 2002)"Mintel has a poet's gift, his compositions are highly enjoyable"(Lee Prosser Jazz Review.com)"Mintel's compositions are easy going but at the same time cerebral and always enjoyable"(Dave Nathan All About Jazz). Many jazz radio stations throughout the country have been playing "Hopscotch" to positive reaction by the listening public. A track from "Hopscotch", "Japanese Maple" made it onto the top 100 jazz tracks of 2002 at WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia, PA.

The Eric Mintel Quartet consists of Eric Mintel on piano, Neil Wetzel on sax, flute and clarinet, Dave Antonow on bass and Jeremy Berberian on drums. The Eric Mintel continues to tour and perform in the country's concert halls, cultural centers, jazz festivals and club circuit introducing various communities to their unique style of jazz. The quartet also collaborates with several symphony orchestra's in performance of Eric Mintel's jazz / classical composition titled "Millennium Suite" which combines jazz and classical elements. The group also collaborates with various choral groups throughout the country in performance combining original choral music with jazz by Eric Mintel.

The Eric Mintel Quartet are steadily on the rise as a voice for the new jazz age. They are constantly providing audiences with unforgettable performances. Eric Mintel lives in Bucks County, PA with his wife Darby and Daughter Tess. Bookings for the Eric Mintel Quartet can be made by calling 215-295-0320 or visiting www.EricMintelQuartet.com


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Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer

This quartet connects with listeners and deserves recognition
Eric Mintel's quartet makes a warm sound without making artistic compromises. This set is bright and enjoyable, honed on scores of gigs from the Kennedy Center to Media's Rose Tree Park. Mintel, of Morrisville, Bucks County, continues his affinity for Dave Brubeck's music, choosing "Forty Days", from the 1968 oratorio Light in the Wilderness. It's affecting work that adds drama to this set. And Mintel's "Hopscotch" may be the most likeable cut ever based on a twelve tone row. Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, provides handsome solos. He and the leader are supported by the sympathetic rhythm section of bassist Dave Antonow on drummer Jeremy Berberian. The glow becomes a tad commonplace by the end, but this quartet connects with listeners and deserves recognition.

Lee Prosser, Jazz Review.com

Mintel has a poet's gift for expression.
If you have not had a chance to hear the performances of the Eric Mintel Quartet, then grab a copy of their new release, Hopscotch, and settle back for some excellent contemporary jazz. This fine collection features 11 songs with liner notes by pianist Dave Brubeck and commentary by Eric Mintel. With the exception of "Forty Days" by Dave Brubeck and "Caravan" by Duke Ellington, all other compositions are by Eric Mintel. Mintel has a poet's gift for expressing jazz motifs in music, and his compositions are highly enjoyable. The performances on this collection are top notch. Songs include "Hopscotch", "Swingin' on a Sunday", "Japanese Maple", "Caribbean Moonlight", "Dance of the Beautiful", "Philadelphia Blues". "To Jobim", "Fall Waltz" and "Strollin'". Neil Wetzel is the perfect clarinet player, and his solo work on saxophone, clarinet and flute is flawless. Dave Antonow gives the jazz listeners some fine and pensive bass playing, and his solo work is exceptional as are the performances of Jeremy Berberian on drums. The CD showcases the many talents of Eric Mintel, and listeners will enjoy his intricate, individualistic and stylish piano musings in such memorable performances as "Japanese Maple", "Fall Waltz" and "To Jobim", among others. I liked the song "Strollin'" very much too. "Caribbean Moonlight" contains some great solo performances and deserves air play for it's original sounds. What will attract listeners to HOPSCOTCH is its geniune jazzy feel and jazz approaches. The music is fresh and original. If you are looking for a fresh, innovative new jazz pianist, give Eric Mintel a listen! The Eric Mintel Quartet performances on HOPSCOTCH are enjoyable, entertaining and jazz expression at its finest.

Chris Sheriden, Jazz Review Magazine UK

Mintel has created an album of great charm.
Mintel has created an album of great charm, with perky melodies like "Japanese Maple" and the opening "Hopscotch" which sets a tone of particularly sunny disposish. However, like others before him, he needs to explore the darker emotions to be considered fully rounded. He is on his way,this is a working band from the Philadelphia area that has been together some time and Neil Wetzel's alto has just enough McLeanish edge to avoid cloying coyness. While Mintel, although influenced by Dave Brubeck, has developed a less percusive style. It adds up to an easy listening experience. Amiable, but not at all antiseptic.