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Stefon Harris & Blackout: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In its most basic function, the music that makes up Sonic Creed serves as a mirror to African American life in the here and now. It explores the history, legacy, struggles, and joys of the Black community, speaking to all of it at once through sound and sentiment.

Sonic Creed arrives almost a ...

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Stefon Harris & Blackout: Urbanus

Read "Urbanus" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging in the late 1990s as the vibraphonist of his generation, Stefon Harris has been unfairly tagged as an overly cerebral player for Blue Note projects like the elaborate Grand Unification Theory (2003) and African Tarantella: Dances for Duke (2006). Evolution (Blue Note, 2004), Harris' first with his groove-happy Blackout band, went a long way ...

Stefon Harris & Blackout: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

It takes no time at all to get into Evolution , Stefon Harris’ fifth album for Blue Note, the young vibraphonist’s fourth as leader and his first with his new band. Immediately the music breaks into a sprint. And its appeal is equally as instantaneous. There is no acclimation period, no finger-drumming developmental warm-up, no amusing ...

Stefon Harris & Blackout: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by John Kelman

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris first came to attention on releases by trombonist Steve Turre and, most notably, with eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter's groove-happy Pound for Pound band. Since that time, with an approach that could perhaps be accused of sometimes being a little too cerebral and not visceral enough, Harris has released three fine recordings as a ...