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Avery Sharpe: 400: An African American Musical Portrait

Read "400: An African American Musical Portrait" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In 1619 the White Lion, a British privateer which had just successfully raided a Spanish slave ship, arrived in the Jamestown colony with its contraband cargo of twenty-some African slaves. Thus began the tumultuous legacy of the African American experience in North America—a four-hundred-year saga that bassist Avery Sharpe traces skilfully and poignantly on 400: An African American Musical Portrait. Sharpe has never been reluctant to acknowledge the forces that have shaped him musically and culturally. His Legends ...

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Avery Sharpe: Running Man

Read "Running Man" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Avery Sharpe has an extensive history as a bandleader, a composer and a first-call bassist with musicians such as Yusef Lateef, and Pat Metheny. He was also McCoy Tyner's bassist for almost 20 years. No surprise, then, that Running Man is a rhythmically strong album of straight-ahead jazz tunes. The bassist's compositions move from funky, upbeat, tunes to gently lyrical ballads. Craig Handy's saxophone playing is key to the changing moods. “Running Man," dedicated to athlete Jesse ...

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Avery Sharpe Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Creating an intriguing program and a well-balanced live set is an art form in and of itself. This becomes all the more challenging when dealing with small group formats, such as duo or trio settings. Bassist Avery Sharpe--best known for his work with McCoy Tyner in the '80s and '90s--proves to have exceptional skills in this department, in addition to his more obvious abilities as a supremely talented bassist and composer. This seven song program--recorded live at the Fraser Performance ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors; Autumn Moonlight

Read "Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors; Autumn Moonlight" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Avery SharpeLegends & MentorsJKNM2009 Avery SharpeAutumn MoonlightJKNM2009 Few bassists in jazz have Avery Sharpe's technique and imagination. A pair of recent releases, different in focus but with a shared overall excellence, exemplify Sharpe's complete virtuosity and show why he's one of the most popular players in the business. Legends & Mentors ...

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Avery Sharpe Trio: Autumn Moonlight

Read "Autumn Moonlight" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Highly regarded bassist Avery Sharpe has been a first-call session musician due to his long affiliation with pianist McCoy Tyner and others of note. Moreover, he's a viable solo artist, evidenced here on this multicolored 2009 piano trio venture. Sharpe is the traffic director here, though it's a democratic engagement, comprised of covers and original compositions, all enamored by a lithe framework consisting of jazz-induced soul, funk, swing and other genre-fusing stylizations.

The trio often projects a flotation-like ...

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The Avery Sharpe Trio: Autumn Moonlight

Read "Autumn Moonlight" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Avery Sharpe Trio makes a sharp dressed brand of jazz. At once intelligent and immediate, the eleven songs that make up Autumn Moonlight are splendid fuel for Sharpe's crack piano trio with exceptional pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs and drummer Winard Harper, who collectively raise the art of the trio to a level where the concert stage and bandstand are on an equal level. Isn't this egalitarian stance exactly what jazz is all about?

Sharpe is beautifully equal parts Oscar ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Bassist Avery Sharpe pays homage to three jazz musicians influential in his life: McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef. The ambitious and powerful Legends & Mentors provides Sharpe the opportunity to present his own music as well as the compositions of Tyner, Shepp and Lateef. The bassist has provided one section apiece for each artist, featuring two of their compositions alongside one original written expressly for them by Sharpe.

Sharpe auditioned for Tyner in 1980, ending up ...


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