Great Night in Harlem [2002]

Great Night in Harlem [2002]


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Great Night in Harlem [2002]

It's kind of hard to fathom that there were any other worthwhile charities aside from the 9/11 relief fund in the fall of 2001, but many of jazz's best performers found one to dedicate one spectacular night to. This September 24, 2001, concert held at the Apollo Theater gathered many of traditional jazz's best and brightest to raise money for the Jazz Musicians' Emergency Fund, which assists elderly performers with medical coverage, unemployment compensation, and disability. The two-disc set runs like a true jam session, with everyone participating receiving a few moments of spontaneous solo action. The first disc features Randy Brecker and Paquito D'Rivera (on clarinet) trading spotlights as Ron Carter's bass swings heavy beneath on "No Greater Love." Irving Berlin's "If I Had You" receives sparkling candlelight treatment by pianist Kenny Barron and soulful songstress Nnenna Freelon, while Ahmad Jamal leads a lively quartet on a peppy run through his own "Devil's in My Den." It's not all trio and quartet based, at least in the traditional sense. "Fanfare for Four Trumpets" features the splashy harmonic fire of Jimmy Owens, Jon Faddis, Brecker, and Eddie Allen as Dave Gibson keeps time. The highlight of disc two (which also features standout performances by Russell Malone and Cassandra Wilson) is "Wee," which is a brass fanatic's delight, with flugelhorn, alto, tenor, and tuba all vying for attention, then trying to find each other over a quick pulse groove; participants include Clark Terry and Phil Woods. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the same charitable fund.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2002
UPC: 0013431750529
catalogNumber: 7505

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Conga
Joanne Brackeen   Piano
Ray Bryant   Piano
Ron Carter   Bass
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Ahmad Jamal   Piano
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Musical Direction
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Don Braden   Tenor Saxophone
Nnenna Freelon   Vocals
Russell Malone   Guitar
Melvin Sparks   Guitar
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Jamil Nasser   Bass
Ben Riley   Drums
Eddie Allen   Trumpet
Kenny Barron   Piano
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Regina Carter   Violin
Clark Terry   Flugelhorn
Lou Donaldson   Alto
Frank Foster   Musical Direction
Roy Haynes   Drums
Jeff Haynes   Percussion
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Melba Joyce   Vocals
Marvin Sewell   Guitar
Peter Washington   Bass
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Woods   Alto
David Gibson   Drums

Technical Credits

John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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