ONWARD! Is a collection of original tunes and arrangements by Hal Brooks (piano) featuring Torin Degnats (drums) and Brian Lang (bass) with Bruce Eno (bass on 'Reflections') and Andres Roa (drums on 'French Spice' and 'Reflections'). The music ranges from hard swing to soft ballads, with plenty of interplay and improvisation. Based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., Hal Brooks is an uncompromising artist and world traveler whose experience includes the concert stage, the recording studio and the silver screen. He has been performing, studying, and teaching music for over twenty-five years, proficient in jazz, classical, African music, Latin music, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, country & western, and contemporary/traditional folk music. He is a graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Dave Peck, Randy Halberstadt, Peter Mack, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester, Jim Knapp, and Chuck Deardorf, among many others.
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