Darryl Harper: The Edenfred Files (2013)

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Darryl Harper: The Edenfred Files
Clarinetist Darryl Harper has five previous recordings to his credit (all released on HipNOTIC) and has had precious little coverage at All About Jazz. A longtime member of violinist Regina Carter
Regina Carter
Regina Carter
b.1966
violin
's band, Harper has been chipping away at the edges of hard bop and post-bop since his 2001 recording, The Onus: Recurring Dream. At first blush, Harper might appear as a free jazz or avant-garde advocate in the mold of Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
1921 - 2008
clarinet
but, while those elements are present, Harper has a much more traditional approach to his music that lands him squarely in a fertile and searching mainstream. This is easily accessible music that still asks for attention to detail.

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
Julius Hemphill
Julius Hemphill
1938 - 1995
sax, alto
'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
Matthew Parrish
Matthew Parrish
b.1969
bass, acoustic
'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
Kevin Harris
Kevin Harris

piano
, who confronts Harper note-for-note. Harris presents a solo rendering of John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
'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


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