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Writing from a physical as well as philosophical viewpoint, Stefon Harris has developed his suite for 12 jazz artists into an exciting adventure about life and death, and what goes on in between. It's all there: the big bang theory, the pleasures of life, the inevitable tragedies, mourning, afterlife, rebirth, and tribute. The leader's vibraphone and marimba provide searing timbres, while his ensemble colors gently. The suite builds and ebbs in order to depict changes in mood. Harris' cohesive ensemble mirrors the physical universe, with its constant motionmuch of it in wide-open harmonyand subtle changes in direction. Soloists expound upon each theme without unlocking any clear-cut secrets of the universe. Flutist Anne Drummond brings the suite around full-circle with several passionate episodes. Piano, tenor saxophone, trombone, trumpet and vibraphone improvise apart, as if they're telling stories that require interaction. It's the beauty of improvised music: interpretation belongs to the listener. Harris has created a masterpiece. He and his twelve improvisers provide theories; the rest is for us to decipher through study. Audio samples, including two movements from this ambitious suite, can be found at the
Track Listing: Prologue; The Birth of Time; Velvet Couch; Transition; Corridor of Elusive
Dreams; Escape to Quiet Desperation; Song of the Whispering Banshee;
March of the Angels; The Mystic Messenger; Rebirth; The Grand
Unification Theory; Intro Epilogue; Epilogue.
Personnel: Stefon Harris- vibraphone, marimba; Xavier Davis- piano; Tarus Mateen
Kinch- bass; Terreon Gully- drums; Anne Drummond- flute; Mark Vinci-
clarinet; Tim Warfield- tenor saxophone; Derrick Gardner- trumpet; Steve
Turre- trombone, shells; Douglas Purviance- bass trombone; Myles
Weinstein- classical percussion; Khalil Bell- African percussion.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com