Open Air

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All Music Guide - Dan Cross
Recorded only five months after Moon Alley, Tom Harrell's Open Air is a good, if not particularly inspiring album made by what was essentially Phil Woods' band with Rockwell substituting for the leader on tenor. The material on Open Air is a strong program of Harrell originals and standards. The writing, as is generally the case with Harrell's albums, is first-rate throughout. The title track, a wonderfully lyrical waltz with an unusual form, is one of the strongest compositions in the trumpeter's impressive songbook. With the exception of Harrell, who sounds strong and focused throughout, the performances on Open Air are slightly disappointing. Tenor saxophonist Bob ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan Cross
Recorded only five months after Moon Alley, Tom Harrell's Open Air is a good, if not particularly inspiring album made by what was essentially Phil Woods' band with Rockwell substituting for the leader on tenor. The material on Open Air is a strong program of Harrell originals and standards. The writing, as is generally the case with Harrell's albums, is first-rate throughout. The title track, a wonderfully lyrical waltz with an unusual form, is one of the strongest compositions in the trumpeter's impressive songbook. With the exception of Harrell, who sounds strong and focused throughout, the performances on Open Air are slightly disappointing. Tenor saxophonist Bob Rockwell's rather technical, calculated delivery contrasts somewhat akwardly with Harrell's highly melodic approach. And although the rhythm section is fine throughout, they don't achieve the cohesive intensity they would often find on many of Phil Woods' records. Although not a bad record by any means, this isn't the place to start in Harrell's discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 716043122028
  • Catalog Number: 31220
  • Sales rank: 113,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Terrestris - Tom Harrell Quintet (10:21)
  2. 2 The Touch of Your Lips - Tom Harrell Quintet (9:13)
  3. 3 Tricotism - Tom Harrell Quintet (6:03)
  4. 4 Lover - Tom Harrell Quintet (6:51)
  5. 5 Open Air - Tom Harrell Quintet (9:34)
  6. 6 Bouquet - Tom Harrell Quintet (6:47)
  7. 7 Before You - Tom Harrell Quintet (7:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Harrell Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Hal Galper Piano
Steve Gilmore Bass
Bill Goodwin Drums
Bob Rockwell Tenor Saxophone
Tom Harrell Quintet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ole Hansen Engineer
Nils Winther Producer
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