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Great Night in Harlem [2002]

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's kind of hard to fathom that there were any other worthwhile charities aside from the 9/11 relief fund in the fall of 2001, but many of jazz's best performers found one to dedicate one spectacular night to. This September 24, 2001, concert held at the Apollo Theater gathered many of traditional jazz's best and brightest to raise money for the Jazz Musicians' Emergency Fund, which assists elderly performers with medical coverage, unemployment compensation, and disability. The two-disc set runs like a true jam session, with everyone participating receiving a few moments of spontaneous solo action. The first disc features Randy Brecker and Paquito D'Rivera (on ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's kind of hard to fathom that there were any other worthwhile charities aside from the 9/11 relief fund in the fall of 2001, but many of jazz's best performers found one to dedicate one spectacular night to. This September 24, 2001, concert held at the Apollo Theater gathered many of traditional jazz's best and brightest to raise money for the Jazz Musicians' Emergency Fund, which assists elderly performers with medical coverage, unemployment compensation, and disability. The two-disc set runs like a true jam session, with everyone participating receiving a few moments of spontaneous solo action. The first disc features Randy Brecker and Paquito D'Rivera (on clarinet) trading spotlights as Ron Carter's bass swings heavy beneath on "No Greater Love." Irving Berlin's "If I Had You" receives sparkling candlelight treatment by pianist Kenny Barron and soulful songstress Nnenna Freelon, while Ahmad Jamal leads a lively quartet on a peppy run through his own "Devil's in My Den." It's not all trio and quartet based, at least in the traditional sense. "Fanfare for Four Trumpets" features the splashy harmonic fire of Jimmy Owens, Jon Faddis, Brecker, and Eddie Allen as Dave Gibson keeps time. The highlight of disc two (which also features standout performances by Russell Malone and Cassandra Wilson) is "Wee," which is a brass fanatic's delight, with flugelhorn, alto, tenor, and tuba all vying for attention, then trying to find each other over a quick pulse groove; participants include Clark Terry and Phil Woods. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the same charitable fund.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: PLAYBOY JAZZ
  • UPC: 013431750529
  • Catalog Number: 7505

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto Conga
Joanne Brackeen Piano
Ray Bryant Piano
Ron Carter Bass
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Louis Hayes Drums
Ahmad Jamal Piano
Jimmy Owens Trumpet, Musical Direction
Hilton Ruiz Piano
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Howard Johnson Tuba
Don Braden Tenor Saxophone
Nnenna Freelon Vocals
Russell Malone Guitar
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Jamil Nasser Bass
Ben Riley Drums
Eddie Allen Trumpet
Kenny Barron Piano
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Regina Carter Violin
Clark Terry Flugelhorn
Lou Donaldson Alto
Frank Foster Musical Direction
Roy Haynes Drums
Jeff Haynes Percussion
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Idris Muhammad Drums
Melba Joyce Vocals
Marvin Sewell Guitar
Peter Washington Bass
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Phil Woods Alto
David Gibson Drums
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Peter Chatman Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
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