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The Bill Harris Quintet: Inside-Out (2012)

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Portland, Oregon saxophonist Bill Harris is an educator, sideman and member of organist Steve Hall
Steve Hall
b.1945
multi-instrumentalist
Quintet when not leading his own band. Growing up listening to jazz masters Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
and Phil Woods
Phil Woods
Phil Woods
b.1931
sax, alto
among others, he began playing woodwinds while in second grade and has favored the alto and tenor saxophones ever since. Though a veteran of the Portland, Oregon jazz scene since 1964, Inside-Out is his first outing as leader, an amazing top-notch recording of post-bop material that shines all over.

The album is one of those hidden gems sparkling with sensational renditions of jazz standards from Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
, Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
1905 - 1986
composer/conductor
and others. With stellar arrangements from Hall, the disc boasts nine classic standards and a single original ("Boston After Dark") penned by Harris when he taught at Boston's Berklee College of Music decades ago. The music is outstanding, the band, is just as impressive. Harris brings together four players with national reputations and, after one sampling of the album, it's clear why.

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Paul Mazzio was a sideman for Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
and a member of Woody Herman
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
's renowned Thundering Herd, while pianist George Mitchell spent 30 years with Diana Ross and as a sideman with saxophonist Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
. Bassist Dave Captein has worked with jazz greats Jack Sheldon
Jack Sheldon
Jack Sheldon
b.1931
trumpet
and the late Bud Shank
Bud Shank
Bud Shank
1926 - 2009
saxophone
among others, while longtime drummer Dick Berk
Dick Berk
Dick Berk
1939 - 2014
drums
has performed with everyone from Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
vocalist
and Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
to Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
and Brazilian vibraphonist Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader
1925 - 1982
vibraphone
.

With an approach reminiscent of Phil Woods
Phil Woods
Phil Woods
b.1931
sax, alto
, Harris peels off the first of many sizzling alto solos on the opening "You're My Everything," sharing the spotlight with Mazzio, Mitchell and Captein on a dazzling bop-infused rendition of this timeless classic. Gary Burton
Gary Burton
Gary Burton
b.1943
vibraphone
once used Victor Assis Brasil's obscure "Profiles" in a Berklee Jazz improvisation class attended by Harris, who copied the changes and has used it ever since. The boppish flair of the set continues with Harris's tenor voice on "I Hear A Rhapsody" and Clare Fischer
Clare Fischer
Clare Fischer
1928 - 2012
band/orchestra
's "We'll Be Together Again."

The bossa-flavored "Pensativa," is the defining pieces of the disc, featuring Harris and crew glowing with incredible solos. The music is of apparent significance to the saxophonist for both his record label and website are titled after this Fischer song. Harris' alto continues to sing on Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
1905 - 1986
composer/conductor
's "A Sleepin' Bee" and takes to a softer, slower tempo on Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
's soulful ballad, "Soultrane." Closing with a strong statement on Monk's "Little Rootie Tootie," Harris emerges as a voice to be reckoned with in a solid performance and an impressive debut that should have the critics buzzing and audiences clamoring for more. Lending an exciting new sound to a host of familiar jazz standards, Harris may well turn the jazz world Inside-Out with this compelling first outing.


Track Listing: You're My Everything; Boston After Dark; Profiles; I Hear A Rhapsody; We'll Be Together Again; I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You); Pensativa; A Sleepin' Bee; Soultrane; Little Rootie Tootie.

Personnel: Bill Harris: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Paul Mazzio: trumpet, flugelhorn; George Mitchell: piano; Dave Captein: bass; Dick Berk: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced


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