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Trumpeter Terell Stafford Releases "Forgive and Forget" on Herb Harris Music


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Herb Harris Music is happy to announce the release of a new album from trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Forgive and Forget and is the second installment of a series of recordings dubbed “Jazzmasters Unlimited". A master jazz trumpeter with over 20 years of experience, Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player" by legendary pianist McCoy Tyner. A powerful trumpeter with a finely honed sense of swing, and the ability to croon lilting balladry of great beauty, Stafford can play modern, up-tempo or groove in the pocket.

The Terell Stafford Quintet, which includes Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington, and Dana Hall, is an acclaimed ensemble which plays major festivals and clubs around the country and has issued fine recordings including Brotherlee Love (Capri Records, 2015) which topped the prestigious JazzWeek radio chart for two non-consecutive weeks in 2015 and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and This Side of Strayhorn (MAXJAZZ, 2011), which was a Downbeat Magazine Editor's pick in 2011.

As a soloist, Stafford is constantly in demand and has performed with a who's who of jazz luminaries including Bobby Watson, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Kenny Baron, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Matt Wilson Arts & Crafts, The Clayton Brothers, and the Grammy Award winning Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Stafford has been recognized as a Rising Star Trumpeter by Dowbeat Magazine in 2003 and 2006 and as a Trumpeter Deserving Wider Recognition in 1999 and 2002. He's currently the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and is founder and Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. This production of “Jazzmasters Unlimited" serves as a showcase of Stafford's improvisational abilities. It's also an attempt to capture one of the major trumpet voices of his generation in the normal working environment of the jazz musician, the recording studio... slightly different from, and historically parallel to a musician's live performance.

From producer Herb Harris

“Aside from being a fantastic and versatile player, I found working in-studio with Terell memorable for being easy as he's a man of very little muss or fuss. He calmly unpacked his trumpet, received a bit of instruction about the tunes, and then started blowing. And so he blew, and blew... blew like a man singularly possessed with craft and accustomed to working in tight windows. He blew a number of solos of astonishing consistency, grace and fire, The resulting document, Forgive and Forget, is an inspiration to me. I hope it inspires you as well."

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