Zacc Harris Group: Small WondersBy
On this sextet's second orbit around concept and beauty, the art of inquiry is the cornerstone. Written with his two small children foremost in mind, Harris gathers from all the rivulets of daily life, creative life, future dreams and lessons gleaned from his fertile association with the McKnight Fellowship Award winning, free-wheeling Atlantis Quartet and, once presenting them to the band, lets the narrative begin.
And it is a story to hear again and again, actually. "Ominous Skies" might sound like a cautionary opener with its dark bass and modal stance, but it soon expands into one with post-bop dynamism that, as clearly stated above, draws listeners in as Harris and Raymond quickly take hold of the tune's many flight paths. The sound may be blue but it is anything but.
"Sundials" breezes in on a Latin sparkle as Harris, Raymond, and Wozniak (who stands at Harris' side both here and in the Atlantis Quartet) roam wide-eyed between Nichols' effusive comping and the Bates Brothers limpid muscle. "Civil Dawn" moves structurally from brisk melodic invention based on dark, scalar movement through a rubato Nichols passage into a half-time ensemble sweep that is impossible not to tell fellow jazzers about. "The Void" quickly establishes itself as Small Wonders' full-on blow- out track. Everyone sports a highlight here, JT Bates and Nichols especially. "Happy Jacks," an assured nod to the effortless, time-honored groove of Ahmad Jamal finds Harris et al at their lyrical, playful best.
In times of civilizational change, it becomes increasingly important to know that our traditions, in this case the whole of the music, is being forwarded by musicians who perpetuate and innovate. Rest assured, Zacc Harris Group is well aware.
Ominous Skies; Sundials; Glass Houses; Civil Dawn; A Beautiful Life; The Void; Mixed Signals; Apple Jacks; Maya Song.
Zacc Harris: guitar; John Raymond: trumpet; Brandon Wozniak: saxophone, tenor; Bryan Nichols: piano; Chris Bates: bass; JT Bates: drums.
Title: Small Wonders | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
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