Evolution

Evolution

by Stefon Harris

CD

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Overview

Stefon Harris & Blackout have created a powerful blend of jazz and R&B with a hip-hop percussion accent on their well-titled CD Evolution. With Harris doubling on vibes and marimba, keyboardist Marc Cary, alto saxophonist Casey Benjamin, and bassist Darryl Hall, plus the driving percussion of Terreon Gully, the quintet's energy is immediately apparent. Their surprising opener is an in-your-face interpretation of the late Don Grolnick's post-bop "Nothing Personal," which departs so drastically from the composer's conception that it sounds like a brand new work. Hall penned the exotic "For Him, for Her," which features Harris on marimba and Anne Drummond's floating flute. Those who have ignored rocker Sting's work may be shocked when they hear Harris' lyrical interpretation of the ballad "Until," which adds Xavier Davis on piano. George Gershwin's "Summertime" gets an overdue makeover with the addition of a hip-hop rhythm, yet retains its magic with Benjamin's warm solo and Harris' imaginative vibes. The many sudden twists within Harris' infectious "Blackout" and the chant "King Tut's Strut" (written by Hotep Idris Galeta, and adding percussionist and vocalist Pedro Martinez) also merit attention. Stefon Harris & Blackout will likely have a huge hit on their hands with this groundbreaking release.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724359735320
catalogNumber: 97353
Rank: 115493

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stefon Harris   Primary Artist,Marimbas,Vibes,Group Member
Marc Cary   Keyboards,fender rhodes,Group Member
Pedro Martinez   Percussion,Vocals
Xavier Davis   Piano,fender rhodes
Casey Benjamin   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Darryl Hall   Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Terreon Gully   Drums,Group Member
Anne Drummond   Flute,Alto Flute

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Don Grolnick   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Hotep Idris Galeta   Composer
Bobby Hutcherson   Composer
Nitin Vadukul   Concept
Xavier Davis   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Stefon Harris   Composer,Producer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Darryl Hall   Composer

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