Stefon Harris: Black Action Figure
As he did on A Cloud Of Red Dust, Harris works with the full ensemble on Black Action Figure for a part of the session and with his quartet for other portions, creating a gentle balance. The Quartet - vibes, piano, bass and drums - gives us "BlackActionFigure," "There Is No Greater Love" and "After the Day is Done." Greg Osby’s grainy alto saxophone tone lends itself to the dramatic picture, echoing throughout the album with a bit of a sizzle. The session’s highlight comes as flute joins the quartet on the ballad "Collage," interwoven with vibes in a pretty affair. Nice but unremarkable, Harris’ modern mainstream album carries on the tradition while looking at various harmonic blends and melodic journeys.
Track Listing: Club Madness; Feline Blues; There Is No Greater Love; Of Things to Come; After the Day is Done; Conversations at the Mess; BlackActionFigure; Collage; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Alovi; Bass Vibes; The Alchemist; Chorale; Faded Beauty; Musical Silence.
Personnel: Stefon Harris- vibraphone; Jason Moran- piano; Tarus Mateen- bass; Eric Harland- drums; Greg Osby- alto sax; Steve Turre- trombone; Gary Thomas- tenor sax, alto flute on "The Alchemist," "Chorale," "Collage" and "Faded Beauty."
Record Label: Blue Note Records