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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Typically, when an instrumentalist or solo artist creates new music, the instrument carries most of the leads. That's not necessarily the case with acoustic bass players. In a class that includes Rufus Reid, Harvie S and Charles Fambrough, Avery Sharpe presents music that features the entire ensemble more than himself.

Sharpe, a native of Valdosta, ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Budd Kopman

There are those who take jazz to be part of a larger racial identity, and hence define its characteristics within that framework. Others, however--while not neglecting jazz's origins--point to its essence being individual expression, with the main rule being that there are no rules. The tension between the two viewpoints is palpable; but in the end, ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends and Mentors

Read "Legends and Mentors" reviewed by Troy Collins

Over the last three decades bassist Avery Sharpe has been a stalwart sideman to some of the biggest names in jazz. Legends and Mentors is an homage to three of his closest colleagues, pianist McCoy Tyner and saxophonists Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef.

As McCoy Tyner's principle bassist for the past 20 years, Sharpe ...

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Avery Sharpe Trio: Dragon Fly

Read "Dragon Fly" reviewed by Germein Linares

Bassist Avery Sharpe, a long-time collaborator with legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, releases Dragon Fly on his own JKNM Records. Joined by pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, drummer Winard Harper, and two special guests, Chico Freeman and Jeri Brown, the album prominently features Sharpe's multiple skills as leader and soloist. The album's opening number, “Oh No!", sounds very ...