The Mastery of Passion

The Mastery of Passion

by Harris SimonHarris Simon


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This recording is a reclamation project for keyboardist Harris Simon, issuing music on CD for the first time in the U.S. originally released only in Japan back in the late '70s and early '80s. During that last gasp of the fusion era, Simon collaborated with the Juilliard String Ensemble, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and guitarist Bill Washer, among others, while using acoustic piano and electric Fender Rhodes to perform some favorite compositions and originals. The result is a potpourri of contemporary jazz with chamber and Brazilian or funky underpinnings that is a bit dated à la ersatz CTI Records, but still exciting and fun to hear. While the strings are present on several of these tracks, it is the material written by Hugo Fatturoso that stands out. The outstanding rocked-out "Wind Chant" and hard samba "Romance of Death," originally heard on Airto Moreira's classic Fingers album, are interpreted here with plenty of prerequisite energy and passion. Brecker and Roditi's contributions during the neo-bopping "Swish" and "Don the Don" also emphasize that Simon is an excellent composer as well as performer. The leader also plays a little harmonica during "Street Song," a quaint pop-styled tune. Guests include Joe Farrell on flute and violinist Michal Urbaniak, more indication of the kind of company Harris Simon kept. Issued some 32 years after it was recorded, it's clear he's still proud of this music, and it is good that the date has been given a second chance to be appreciated.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Resonance Records
UPC: 0724101953323
catalogNumber: 2009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harris Simon   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Strings,fender rhodes
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Andy LaVerne   Synthesizer
Mike Richmond   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Grady Tate   Drums
Michal Urbaniak   Violin
Brian Brake   Drums
Joe Farrell   Flute
Guilherme Franco   Percussion
Scott Hardy   Guitar
Ratzo Harris   Bass
Portinho   Drums
John Riley   Drums
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Bill Washer   Guitar
Jeffrey Kaufman   Strings
Juilliard Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Harris Simon   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Ettore Stratta   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Jeff Kaufman   Composer,Producer
George Klabin   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Denny Zeitlin   Composer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
César Camargo Mariano   Composer
David Baker   Engineer
Hugo Fatturoso   Composer

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