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Bruce Harris with the John Toomey Trio at Attucks Theater

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In 1990 Spike Lee's movie, Mo Better Blues, was released. A young Bruce Harris watched the film about the turmoil surrounding a jazz trumpeter and his quintet and in the next 129 minutes his love of the trumpet was born. From performing in the “Essential Ellington" jazz band competition while in high school to a BA and Masters in Jazz Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College to stints at Smalls, Smoke Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruce Harris: Beginnings

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Beginnings sounds as if it's guided by an old hand instead of someone relatively new to the demanding art of leading a band. The debut recording of trumpeter Bruce Harris captures a coherent, homogeneous group sound, while utilizing several different combinations of instruments. Harris ties together material ranging from Harold Arlen, to Bud Powell, to Prince, as well as his own originals, and judiciously employs the assorted voices of several soloists who effectively express themselves in only a chorus or ...

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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

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Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is simply a strong statement with no need for journalistic hedging. Such is the case with Beginnings. If you haven't heard trumpeter ...

REDISCOVERY

Kevin Bruce Harris: Folk Songs - Folk Tales

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Kevin Bruce Harris Folk Songs--Folk Tales Enja Records 1994 Today's Rediscovery is both a long lost and sadly overlooked gem of a record: electric bassist Kevin Bruce Harris' Folk Songs--Folk Tales. Harris first emerged as part of the M-Base collective that began with saxophonist Steve Coleman and his Five Elements group, with whom the bassist played and recorded from 1986 to 1988. Early credentials for Harris also included stints with Cassandra Wilson and ...