[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]Jerome Harris is a highly underrated musician. He's proficient doubler on bass and guitar; he's been a regular on the former with Jack DeJohnette and the latter with Sonny Rollins. Add to that he's got a wonderful singing voice, and has also recorded 4 albums as a leader. Harris initially went to Harvard with the intent of being a psychiatrist, but ended up being swayed by the call of professional music. He's a native and resident of Brooklyn, N.Y. When we toured Europe last year with ...read more
With top notch soloists, a savvy rhythm section, and compelling compositions, what's not to like about Jerome Harris' Rendezvous? Incidentally, with the same instrumentation as Dave Holland's quintet, and the very same Steve Nelson on vibes, one has to wonder what band came first. In addition to Nelson, Rendezvous boasts Marty Ehrlich on alto sax and Arthur Baron on trombone, while session leader Harris on bass and Billy Drummond on drums provide the formidable foundation to this lively quintet.
Six of the seven compositions are Harris,' with a lone nod to Duke Ellington on a marvelous ...read more