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Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Winard Harper è un batterista che lavora da tempo con questo gruppo con cui, cosa non sempre possibile per chi segue la strada del bop più o meno “verace", cerca sempre di portare novità nella sua musica, di mischiare le carte con armonie e ritmi inusuali per il genere che fa. Gli ospiti che ha invitato, come il ...

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazz records made in one day aren't particularly unique. But looking at the large cast of players on Make It Happen, one has to be impressed at the amount of planning that went into the session--an effort that, in the hands of lesser mortals, might suck the life out of such an ambitious outing. But drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Winard Harper Sextet: Make It Happen

Read "Make It Happen" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Veteran drummer Winard Harper (who has played with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders, Clifford Jordan and others) gives us two albums in one on Make It Happen.

The first is percussion-heavy. The opening tracks, for example, present an approach to ensemble sound that recalls Mosaic-era Jazz Messengers (carefully arranged ...

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Ecstatic Swing: Winard Harper Sextet Plays the KC Jazz Club

Read "Ecstatic Swing: Winard Harper Sextet Plays the KC Jazz Club" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

It's been said so often that we've all come to believe it, at least a little bit. Jazz is dead. A moribund art form housed in an ivory cage, academia sponsored, and fellowship sustained. A “museum" art that despite occasional dusting serves only as a bridge to the hailer periods of yesteryear. Depending on who you're ...