New York Cool: Live at the Blue Note

New York Cool: Live at the Blue Note

by Donald Harrison
     
 

Altoist Donald Harrison gained his initial fame in the late '70s when he was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, following that up by co-leading a notable quintet with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Although he never quite became a poll winner or a major influential force, HarrisonSee more details below

Overview

Altoist Donald Harrison gained his initial fame in the late '70s when he was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, following that up by co-leading a notable quintet with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Although he never quite became a poll winner or a major influential force, Harrison has always been a solid improviser. New York Cool moves his career up a notch and is one of his finest recordings to date. Reuniting in 2005 with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Cobham (the trio had recorded Heroes for the Nagel Heyer label in 2002), Harrison and his sidemen constantly challenge each other, with each of the musicians feeling free to set the direction of the performances. The repertoire is comprised of "Body and Soul," "Harrisburg Address" (based on "I Got Rhythm"), "Easy Living," "I'll Remember April," "Star Eyes," Ron Carter's "Third Plane" (which deserves to become a standard), and the medium-tempo "Blues for Happy People." The musicians feed off each other's ideas and their interplay is full of subtle surprises and unpredictable moments. New York Cool demonstrates that there is plenty of life still to be found in bebop standards when they are played in creative fashion. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0616892452522
catalogNumber:
4525

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donald Harrison   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Ron Carter   Upright Bass
Billy Cobham   Drums

Technical Credits

Gene DePaul   Composer
Donald Harrison   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Steven Remote   Engineer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jeff Levenson   Producer,Audio Production
Ted Panken   Liner Notes
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer
Molly Gobel   Art Direction

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