Tom Harrell is one of the world's most respected jazz trumpeters and composers. His original works achieve that rare balance between intricacy and musicality, being at once intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying. Tom's trumpet and flugelhorn playing could be called an art that conceals art; marked with a shrewd lyricism and sensitive tone that argues against technique for technique's sake, high note grandstanding or oblique reference. In realizing this musical vision, Harrell has surrounded himself with like minded players and it is this, his 'working band,' that has appeared unchanged on all five of his HighNote recordings. The result is a comfort level that approaches musical symbiosis which is rare in jazz today and a recording which is much more than another entry in an already impressive discography, but an event.
TOM HARRELL: trumpet, flugelhorn
WITH: Wayne Escoffery: tenor saxophone • Danny Grissett: piano • Ugonna Okegwo: bass • Johnathan Blake: drums
TRACKS: Blue 'n' Boogie • Right as Rain • No. 5 • Journey to the Stars • GT • Present • Star Eyes • Preludium (On a Theme by Persichetti) • The Question • Melody in B-flat • A Blue Time
Journey to the Stars
Melody in B-flat