(Highnote Record, HCD 7192)
Tom Harrell - trumpet & flugelhorn
Wayne Escoffery - soprano & tenor saxophones
Danny Grissett - piano & Fender Rhodes
Ugonna Okegwo - bass
Johnathan Blake - drums
Track List: Marching; Prana; Sequenza; Maharaja; The Call; Ride; The Sea Serpent; In the Infinite
A salient constant in Tom Harrell's career has been his commitment to advancing his artistry. Recording as a leader since 1976, he has racked up numerous jazz magazine awards, such as top composer and trumpeter, best jazz album of the year" by Entertainment Weekly, and a Grammy nomination. On his latest HighNote album, the trumpeter-bandleader-composer-arranger continues to evolve with aplomb. In realizing his ideas, spun on singular chord changes and stunning melodic hooks, improvisation and composed movements, he seems to have chosen the best of bands. Tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery unfurls voicings that offer contrasting tones and textures to the horn master's efforts. Bassist Ugonna Okegwo is solid, picking up on nuances of the themes with ease. Danny Grissett sparkles on piano and Fender Rhodes. Johnathan Blake rides and crashes confidently. Hear why Phil Woods called Tom Harrell, “the best musician I’ve ever encountered in 40 years of playing!”
NOTE: Tom's first HighNote Record release, Light On (HCD 7171) reached #1 on the Jazz Radio Charts in 2007 and also earned Tom his second SESAC Jazz Award that very same year.
After completing dates in Vienna (Austria), Nanterre/Paris/Lyon ( France) and Harrisburg, PA, the tour picks back up for six days at the Village Vanguard (April 7-12). Harrell will also perform at the JazzHouse in Copenhagen with the in-house trio (April 23-25).
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