'Shadows' streams ahead of upcoming Tom Harrell quartet album - Oak Tree

Quartet record Oak Tree is out next month, the latest from the great trumpeter and flugel player Tom Harrell who continues to inspire new generations of players and whose work is avidly collected by record buyers for all the right reasons - chiefly …

Published: 20 Jun 2022. Updated: 15 days.

Quartet record Oak Tree is out next month, the latest from the great trumpeter and flugel player Tom Harrell who continues to inspire new generations of players and whose work is avidly collected by record buyers for all the right reasons - chiefly the ability to move. You can listen to the pleasantly invasive fragility of 'Shadows' containing a sort of a samba feel to it that gathers its own warts and all modal gravity wrapped around it. There is a slight sense in the passages involving overdubbed horn harmonies of the way Gil Evans liked to draw out delicate light in his writing. Harrell on this HighNote album is with pianist Luis Perdomo, tremendous last year with Miguel Zenón on El Arte Del Bolero; bassist Ugonna Okegwo heard recently on Aaron Seeber's excellent First Move; and completing the personnel drummer Adam Cruz who was on Harrell's beautiful album Infinity contributing percussion and is an alert presence as the piece eases on to achieve a fine resolution. 'Shadows' arrives in the latter part of Oak Tree which is out on 15 July.

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Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity, 'Boogie,' ECM ****

Track of the day is the driving frenzied freebop of 'Boogie' from Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen and his band Acoustic Unity's Elastic Wave. Comprising Nilssen with reedist André Roligheten, heard here in a John Surman-like sound swirl and double …

Published: 20 Jun 2022. Updated: 15 days.

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Track of the day is the driving frenzied freebop of 'Boogie' from Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen and his band Acoustic Unity's Elastic Wave. Comprising Nilssen with reedist André Roligheten, heard here in a John Surman-like sound swirl and double bassist Petter Eldh formidable this year on Vermillion, studio album Elastic Wave was recorded in France and is to be released on 15 July. Acoustic Unity photo: Peter Gannushkin

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