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400: An African American Musical Portrait

Label: JKNM Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Arrival; Is There a Way Home; Colonial Life; Fiddler; Antebellum; A New Music; Harlem and the War to End All Wars; Blues and World War II; Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around; 500.

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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 ...

Running Man

Label: JKNM Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Running Man; Jump!; Breathe Again; Cheri's Smile; Celestial Slide; Her All; Rwandan Escape; Ancestry Delight; Lexi's Song; Silent War; Cheri's Smile (reprise).

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 ...

Live

Label: JKNM Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Blues On The Corner; Morning Glow; OH NO!; Morning; I Understand; Dragon Fly; My Favorite Things.

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 ...

Autumn Moonlight

Label: JKNM Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Boston Baked Blues; Fire and Rain; Autumn Moonlight; Take Your Time, But Hurry Up; Palace of the Seven Jewels; Organ Grinder; Intrepid Warrior; Lost in a Dream; Visible Man; First Time We Met.

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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 ...

Legends and Mentors

Label: JKNM Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Mac; Ballad For Aisha; Fly With The Wind; The Chief (Bro. Shepp); Steam; Ujamma; Gentle Giant (Bro. Lateef); Morning; Because They Love Me.


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