Wise Children

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and recording conceptualist Tom Harrell is a man of ambition, and on Wise Children he’s outdone himself. The most attention-grabbing factor is, of course, the guest appearances of three leading female jazz singers: Cassandra Wilson, Jane Monheit, and Dianne Reeves. That he was able to rope in this talent is testament to the regard in which Harrell is held within the jazz community. Gracing one tune apiece, each of the three vocalists distinguishes herself, mellifluously intoning words set to Harrell melodies that had previously appeared in instrumental form on his earlier albums. But there’s much more to the album than the vocal ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and recording conceptualist Tom Harrell is a man of ambition, and on Wise Children he’s outdone himself. The most attention-grabbing factor is, of course, the guest appearances of three leading female jazz singers: Cassandra Wilson, Jane Monheit, and Dianne Reeves. That he was able to rope in this talent is testament to the regard in which Harrell is held within the jazz community. Gracing one tune apiece, each of the three vocalists distinguishes herself, mellifluously intoning words set to Harrell melodies that had previously appeared in instrumental form on his earlier albums. But there’s much more to the album than the vocal numbers. Harrell beefs up his working quintet with percussion, horns, and guitar, as well as a string section, in order to achieve the sophisticated tonal and rhythmic effects he aims for. Drawing from a palette that includes funk and Latin strains, among other influences, Harrell constructs a grand sound world that also leaves lots of room for his celebrated work on both trumpet and flugelhorn, and for deft contributions by pianist Xavier Davis and saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Myron Walden. Thinking big doesn’t always guarantee success; in this case it has.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828765301626
  • Catalog Number: 53016
  • Sales rank: 105,674

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paz (5:58)
  2. 2 Straight to My Heart (5:07)
  3. 3 Kalimba (9:35)
  4. 4 Radiant Moon (5:48)
  5. 5 What Will They Think of Next (9:37)
  6. 6 Snow (4:57)
  7. 7 Heavens (6:05)
  8. 8 See You at Seven (5:49)
  9. 9 Leaves (5:08)
  10. 10 Wise Children (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Harrell Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Balafon
Gil Goldstein Accordion
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Howard Johnson Tuba
Luis Bonilla Trombone
John Clark French Horn
Milton Cardona Conga
Kamau Adilifu Trumpet
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Joe Gonzalez Bongos
Juliet Haffner Viola
Daniel Miller Cello
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Marvin Sewell Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Szabo Cello
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Mondre Moffett Trumpet
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone
Antoine Silverman Violin
Myron Walden Alto Saxophone
Xavier Davis Organ, Piano, Clavinet, Kalimba, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Ugonna Okegwo Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Greene Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jane Monheit Vocals
Quincy Davis Drums
Reuben Rodgers Electric Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Joe Ferla Engineer
Tom Harrell Arranger, Composer
John Snyder Producer
David Berkman Liner Notes
Rebecca Meek Art Direction
Kami Lyle Composer
Steve Fallone Mastering
Xavier Davis Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Michael McCoy Digital Editing
Lisa Michel Composer
Angela Harrell Producer
Riccardo Vecchio Illustrations
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