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Spirits of Congo Square
     

Spirits of Congo Square

by Donald Harrison
 
Altoist Donald Harrison's disc utilizes New Orleans parade rhythms on all of the selections, even while most of the solos (until the final three numbers) are more hard bop than New Orleans jazz. John O'Neal verbally pays tribute to the rhythms on the opening "And How That Rhythm." The other selections include an augmented bop blues ("Two

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Altoist Donald Harrison's disc utilizes New Orleans parade rhythms on all of the selections, even while most of the solos (until the final three numbers) are more hard bop than New Orleans jazz. John O'Neal verbally pays tribute to the rhythms on the opening "And How That Rhythm." The other selections include an augmented bop blues ("Two Way Pocky Way"), the tricky "Don't Drink the Water," Thelonious Monk's "Bye-Ya," a pair of Freddie Hubbard tunes well worth reviving ("Crisis" and "Bob's Place"), Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," and the catchy "Spirits of Congo Square." Throughout these performances there are many colorful solos from trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Marlon Jordan, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Victor Goines on tenor, and Harrison. Roy Haynes' "True of False" is Dixieland-ish in its own eccentric way, with clarinetist Louis Ford and trumpeter Jamil Sharif being added to the band. Finally, Payton plays beautifully on a respectful rendition of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and all seven horns romp and riff throughout "The Second Line," which is really "Joe Avery's Blues." Overall, this colorful album is full of spirit, always holds on to one's interest, and is highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Candid Records
UPC:
0708857975921
catalogNumber:
79759
Rank:
24464

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Performance Credits

Donald Harrison   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Marlon Jordan   Trumpet
Victor Goines   Tenor Saxophone
Elton Heron   Bass
Delfeayo Marsalis   Trombone
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
Jamil Sharif   Trumpet
Adonis Rose   Drums
Peter Martin   Piano
John O'Neal   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Chambers   Arranger
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Alan Bates   Executive Producer
Donald Harrison   Arranger,Producer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Keith Morrison   Paintings
Steve Reynolds   Engineer

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