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Upswing
     

Upswing

by Tom Harrell
 
An all-star frontline of Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, and Phil Woods head this impressive sextet record on the Chesky label. The writing on Upswing is inspired throughout, as is generally the case on Harrell's albums. The addition of a third horn allows Harrell to create colors in his arrangements that weren't

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An all-star frontline of Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, and Phil Woods head this impressive sextet record on the Chesky label. The writing on Upswing is inspired throughout, as is generally the case on Harrell's albums. The addition of a third horn allows Harrell to create colors in his arrangements that weren't possible with the two-horn format of many of his previous recordings. The playing on the Upswing is uniformly exceptional. Harrell sticks to flugelhorn for most of the date, often favoring it in situations that would instinctively call for trumpet, and sounds marvelously lyrical throughout. Tenorist Joe Lovano also plays strongly, contributing a wonderfully aggressive and energetic solo on Harrell's "Train Shuffle." Fans of altoist Phil Woods will be delighted by his performance here, as he sounds in fine voice, bringing his idiosyncratic pitch bends and witty in-jokes to the session. Pianist Danilo Perez accompanies enthusiastically, raising the intensity of all those involved. Upswing should be considered an essential purchase for those interested in exploring the Harrell discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/1994
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368010322
catalogNumber:
103

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Performance Credits

Tom Harrell   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Bill Goodwin   Drums
Peter Washington   Bass
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

David Chesky   Executive Producer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Bill Goodwin   Producer
Steve Kaiser   Producer
Bob Katz   Engineer
David Merrill   Engineer
Ken Franckling   Liner Notes
Ross Hudson   Art Direction
Christine Chagnon   Art Direction

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