Common Ground

Common Ground

by Everette Harp
     
 

Of all the '90s purveyors of the Sanborn based alto sound, Everette Harp may just be the most inventive, taking stylistic liberties beyond even sure fire peers Warren Hill and Dave Koz. While all the hooky rhythm and jazz cuts on Common Ground are straight out of the slick and superb school of expensivelySee more details below

Overview

Of all the '90s purveyors of the Sanborn based alto sound, Everette Harp may just be the most inventive, taking stylistic liberties beyond even sure fire peers Warren Hill and Dave Koz. While all the hooky rhythm and jazz cuts on Common Ground are straight out of the slick and superb school of expensively produced magnificence, it's Harp's intense gale force breath that places the wailing emergency calls on even the typical romantic fare. In short, he puffs hard and heavy, exploding into mind reeling improvs just when you least expect. The charisma alone would make the lengthy disc rise above its crowded list of R&B competitors. But its real charms come when Harp departs from the commercial safety net and blows a late night traditional tenor, a wistful and mournful soprano, and finally a lighthearted artsy EWI. His vocals are somewhat superfluous, but are more than balanced by flashy guest performances by Sheila E., executive producer George Duke, and the wayward bass of Marcus Miller. Harp saves his most remarkable feat for the let your hair down, hip-hop title cut, a snappy syncopated dialogue with soul mate Branford Marsalis.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/1994
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077778929727
catalogNumber:
89297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everette Harp   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
George Duke   Piano,Keyboards
Perri   Background Vocals
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Craig Smith   Synthesizer
David Barry   Guitar
Michael Bearden   Bass,Keyboards
Johnny Britt   Background Vocals
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
LaLa Cope   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Sonny Emory   Drums
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Brenda Nelson   Background Vocals
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Osborne   Vocals
Carolyn Perry   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Brian Simpson   Keyboards
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
Reggie C. Young   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Duke   Producer
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
Barry J. Eastmond   Producer
Everette Harp   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Wayne Holmes   Engineer
Shaun LaBelle   Programming,Producer
Ricky Lawson   Programming
Erik Zobler   Engineer

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