Light On

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As correctly stated in the liner notes by Neil Tesser, Tom Harrell's music takes several listens to fully appreciate, for there is much to discover. For Light On, his first recording as a leader in four years, Harrell contributed all of the compositions. His pieces utilize original chord changes none are mere run-throughs of rhythm changes, complex but often somewhat catchy melodies, dynamics and subtle surprises. Only the augmented blues "Bleu Caribe," a change of pace, would work at a jam session. Harrell's cool-toned trumpet and flugelhorn contrast well with Wayne Escoffery's muscular tenor; the rhythm section is heated and stimulating; and Danny Grissett is equally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As correctly stated in the liner notes by Neil Tesser, Tom Harrell's music takes several listens to fully appreciate, for there is much to discover. For Light On, his first recording as a leader in four years, Harrell contributed all of the compositions. His pieces utilize original chord changes none are mere run-throughs of rhythm changes, complex but often somewhat catchy melodies, dynamics and subtle surprises. Only the augmented blues "Bleu Caribe," a change of pace, would work at a jam session. Harrell's cool-toned trumpet and flugelhorn contrast well with Wayne Escoffery's muscular tenor; the rhythm section is heated and stimulating; and Danny Grissett is equally effective on both the acoustic piano and the Fender Rhodes. All of the musicians are in top form, which is fortunate since these pieces are not that simple to play. Several of the originals deserve to be adopted and interpreted by other musicians. Overall, Light On is a superior set of modern jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375717124
  • Catalog Number: 7171
  • Sales rank: 81,026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Va (7:48)
  2. 2 Sky Life (8:17)
  3. 3 Contrary Mary (9:11)
  4. 4 Fountain (4:19)
  5. 5 Nights at Catalonia (7:20)
  6. 6 The Gronk (5:56)
  7. 7 Architect of Time (5:03)
  8. 8 Bad Stuff (7:39)
  9. 9 Blue Caribe (6:17)
  10. 10 Va (Reprise) (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Harrell Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ugonna Okegwo Bass
Danny Grissett Piano, fender rhodes
Wayne Escoffery Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Don Sickler Producer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Tom Harrell Composer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
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