Tom Harrell: Paradise
While some of these new compositions fall back on motives he’s used in the past, there are also new and bold elements. The agitated funk of "Wind Chant," for instance, is something of a departure for Harrell; the track is driven by wah-wah guitar from Freddie Bryant and features soaring improvisations by tenorist Jimmy Greene and pianist Xavier Davis. Another highlight is the impenetrably dark string chorale that constitutes part one of "Morning Prayer." Though he doesn’t strike gold with every tune ("Nighttime" and "Wishing Well" are a bit fluffy), Harrell often finds just the right orchestral color to illuminate the vision at hand. And the members of his sextet drive the best tracks ("Baroque Steps," "Sunrise") with bandstand-style energy.
Track Listing: 1. Daybreak 2. Baroque Steps 3. Nighttime 4. Wind Chant 5. Paradise Spring 6. Morning Prayer part one 7. Morning Prayer part two 8. Wishing Well 9. Sunrise
Personnel: Tom Harrell, trumpet and flugelhorn; Jimmy Greene, tenor saxophone; Freddie Bryant, guitars; Xavier Davis, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Leon Parker, Adam Cruz, drums; Lois Colin, harp; Cenovia Cummins, Belinda Whitney, violin; Juliet Haffner, viola; Daniel Miller, Jeffrey Szabo, cello; Caf
Record Label: RCA Victor