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Tom Harrell and TRIP

Read "Tom Harrell and TRIP" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Trumpeter Tom Harrell and TRIP Duc des Lombards Nous N'Irons Pas a New York Festival Paris, France July 17, 2015 The amazing and intriguing trumpeter Tom Harrell performed a program of nuanced creativity that stirred and expressed emotion, rather than displaying technique. His sparse solos were accented by sophisticated harmonies that appeared appealing to the rapt members of Duc des Lombard's first-set full-house. Harrell has never relied on ...

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Tom Harrell: Trip

Read "Trip" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Since the 70s, trumpeter Tom Harrell has branded a prolific stature within the annals of modern jazz as an artisan who possesses an enviable technique marked by his exquisite phrasings, silky tone and fluid progressions. Even during pieces constructed on gutsy or penetrating ensemble work, Harrell has an uncanny way of dishing out ferocious licks with heartfelt overtones and a penchant for eloquently rebuilding themes and regenerating numerous slants on a given melody. Here, the trumpeter lines up with celebrated ...

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Tom Harrell: The Time of the Sun

Read "The Time of the Sun" reviewed by John Kelman

With all the media attention being given--and deservingly so--to hot young firebrands like trumpeter Christian Scott, it's easy to overlook the older cats who've been quietly building a life's work where the only thing predictable is unfailing creativity. Tom Harrell may have turned 65 earlier this year, but he's still playing with the vigor of a man half his age, while benefiting from the wisdom that grows as the years pass, with little left to prove but plenty more to ...

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Tom Harrell: Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

Read "Tom Harrell: Roman Nights" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Roman Nights, trumpeter Tom Harrell's third release with his hardworking quintet of saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake, is an all-original set that maintains the highest standards of composition, small-group arranging and improvisation. Harrell is a paragon of restraint, each note carefully chosen, each phrase finely balanced, seducing with the sheer magnetism of his melodies, while Escoffery lets loose torrents of ideas that topple over each other with brassy bluster.

On “Let the ...

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Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

Read "Roman Nights" reviewed by Robert Dugan

Since signing with the HighNote label in 2006, Tom Harrell has released the most significant CDs in his three decades-plus of recording. It's no coincidence that, for this same period, he has been leading a true dream band of younger players. His previous output for RCA was of the highest quality, particularly Paradise (2001), a unique date with strings, and the exemplary Live At The Village Vanguard (2002). Lately, Harrell sounds more intensely engaged than ever, and thoroughly enjoying the ...

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Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

Read "Roman Nights" reviewed by John Kelman

Since coming back from hiatus following the superb Wise Children (Bluebird, 2003), Tom Harrell's been on a roll. On a new label (HighNote) and with a new working quartet, the trumpeter has gone from success to success, from the undeniably fine Light On (2007), to the even better Prana Dance (2009). Whether Roman Dances is even better still is a tough call; Harrell's writing and quintet are so uniformly excellent that comparisons--empirical or otherwise--are rendered moot.


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