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Stefon Harris: African Tarantella: Dances with Duke

Read "African Tarantella: Dances with Duke" reviewed by John Kelman

Given the number of tribute albums coming out these days, it's refreshing to see an artist reference lesser-known works and take a road less-travelled in terms of approach. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris' African Tarantella enlists a streamlined instrumental configuration to rework excerpts from Duke Ellington's 1970 “The New Orleans Suite" and 1958 “The Queen's Suite," along with ...

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Stefon Harris: African Tarantella: Dances with Duke

Read "African Tarantella: Dances with Duke" reviewed by Troy Collins

With five previous albums on Blue Note, vibraphonist Stefon Harris has proven to be one of the label's most adventurous new artists. More conceptually expansive than many of his generation, Harris has long been interested in extended forms and suite-like structures. His 2003 album, The Grand Unification Theory (Blue Note), dealt with the journey from birth ...

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Stefon Harris: African Tarantella: Dances with Duke

Read "African Tarantella: Dances with Duke" reviewed by Jim Santella

With three selections from Duke Ellington's “New Orleans Suite, two from his “Queen's Suite and three more from Stefan Harris' own “Gardner Meditations, African Tarantella conveys a sincere appreciation for lyrical beauty. Like the original purpose for a tarantella, the music transfixes you with its magic spell. Much of Ellington's music had that quality, and it's ...