Namesake (album)

Namesake is an album led by trumpeter Dennis González which was recorded in 1987 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.[1][2]

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Studio album by
Dennis González New Dallas Sextet
RecordedFebruary 13, 1987
StudioOmega Audio, Dallas, TX
LabelSilkheart SHLP 106
ProducerDennis González
Dennis González chronology


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]

Comparing it with González previous album, The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes "Namesake only suffers by comparison, but it shouldn't be missed".[4] In his review for AllMusic, Brian Olewnick states "Namesake doesn't really happen, and it's hard to pinpoint exactly why – the all-Gonzalez-originals are essentially heads to set up solos rather than fully fleshed-out ensemble passages. And while those solos are almost all strong, the music resolutely remains less than the sum of the parts".[3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Dennis González except where noted.

  1. "Namesake" – 15:46
  2. "The Separation of Stones" – 9:15
  3. "Johnny – Johnny" – 8:14 Bonus track on CD
  4. "Hamba Khale Qhawe" – 1:35
  5. "Four Pigs and a Bird's Nest" (James Sharper, Dennis González) – 5:37
  6. "Hymn for Mbizo" – 11:53
  7. "Good Friends" – 5:30



  1. ^ Silkheart Records catalog, accessed February 11, 2017
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Silkheart records discography, accessed February 11, 2017
  3. ^ a b Olewnick, Brian. Stefan – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 508. ISBN 0-14-051368-X.