Eric McPherson: Continuum (2008)
"Black Pearl" features spoken word by Carla Cherry and the drone of a yirdaki, played by Trevor Todd. Cherry tells the story of a proud woman making success work for her in New York as inspiration for artists everywhere. Jazz is woven into the tale from all corners of the city, where the arts get together and create new life for new generations. She convinces with the help of McPherson's tom-tom mallets and cymbals punctuating the didgeridoo sound of Todd's expressive instrument. McLean's "The Collective Expression" transforms the mood into a smooth sashay with Fender Rhodes piano (Shimrit Shoshan), alto saxophone, bass and drums that picks up Cherry's story where it left off. Without narration, they continue the tale of jazz in New York and demonstrate its ability to take hold, embed itself deep in your soul and never let go.
Track Listing: 3rio Suite (Mr. Hill; Of Mind); Misako; Black Pearl; The Collective Expression; De Javu Monk.
Personnel: Eric McPherson: drums; Abraham Burton: tenor saxophone (6), alto saxophone (5), soprano saxophone (1, 2), flute (3); David Bryant: piano (3, 6); Dezron Douglas: double bass (3, 5, 6); John Hebert: double bass (1, 2, 3, 6); Shimrit Shoshan: Rhodes electric piano (5); Carla Cherry: spoken word (4); Trevor Todd: yirdaki (4).
Record Label: Smalls Records
Style: Modern Jazz