An empathetic power of five is at work in the collaborative project known as Opus 5, working in the long shadow of the great vintage quintets, a la Blakey and pre-electric Miles Davis. On the front line, tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake and rising star trumpeter Alex Sipiagin - a Russian in NYC - are bolstered by pianist David Kikoski, drummer Donald Edwards and another bold Russian emigre, bassist Boris Kozlov. In the song set are compositions by band members, George Cables' Think of Me
by Toninho Horta, and the reborn Russian folk tune Sokol
honoring the Russian roots within the band.