Darryl Harper: The Edenfred Files (2013)
The Edenfred Files was conceived while Harper was in residence at Edenfred, and consisted of his writing and arranging for both piano-less trio and piano-based quartet formats. The blues waltz "Blues for Jerry" and Julius Hemphill's earthy "Kansas City Line" portray the trio format, one that is both spare and orchestral; Harper's playing is precise and inspired...and it swings, too. On bassist Matthew Parrish's "Sirens Calling," Harper accomplishes a Middle-eastern "St. Thomas" that is both angular and positively temperamental.
In the standard quartet, Harper is equally effective. "Spindleshanks" is a jaunty joust with pianist Kevin Harris, who confronts Harper note-for-note. Harris presents a solo rendering of John Coltrane's "After The Rain" as a classical piano recital, something that could have been composed by an opium-encouraged Debussy or Ravel. Impressionistic, and amorphous, "After The Rain" proves a logical palette cleanser at the end of a very satisfying clarinet outing.
Track Listing: Blues For Jerry; Sirens Calling; Spindleshanks; Walking With Old Souls; Kansas City Blues; Edenfred; After The Rain.
Personnel: Darryl Harper: clarinet; Kevin Harris: piano; Matthew Parrish: bass; Harry :Butch” Reed: drums.
Record Label: HiPNOTIC Records
Style: Modern Jazz