Tom Harrell

Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 67:17 minutes | 790 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Superb trumpeter Tom Harrell, who has been releasing recordings as a leader since 1989, has a new album out, Something Gold, Something Blue, on HighNote featuring fellow trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, as well as guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake. Harrell is a prolific arranger and composer and a mysterious yet mesmerizing presence in concert and a regular in the recording studio. His resume is impressive, with contributions to bands led by Stan Kenton, Horace Silver and Joe Lovano. He has written scores for ballets and arrangements for symphony orchestras and his last HighNote album “First Impressions” (HCD 7276) was in the Top Ten Best Jazz albums of 2015 in the 64th Annual Downbeat Critic's Poll while Akinmusire and Harrell took the top two slots in the trumpet category in the same poll.

Tom Harrell - Trip (2014) {HighNote}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Sept. 4, 2016
Tom Harrell - Trip (2014) {HighNote}

Tom Harrell - Trip (2014) {HighNote}
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 388MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 143MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post-Bop

Since the 70s, trumpeter Tom Harrell has branded a prolific stature within the annals of modern jazz as an artisan who possesses an enviable technique marked by his exquisite phrasings, silky tone and fluid progressions. Even during pieces constructed on gutsy or penetrating ensemble work, Harrell has an uncanny way of dishing out ferocious licks with heartfelt overtones and a penchant for eloquently rebuilding themes and regenerating numerous slants on a given melody. Here, the trumpeter lines up with celebrated and eternally versatile bandleader, saxophonist Mark Turner (Kurt Rosenwinkel, OAM Trio).

Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue (2016)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Sept. 4, 2016
Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue (2016)

Tom Harrell - Something Gold, Something Blue (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 63:49 min | 154 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: HighNote

Superb trumpeter Tom Harrell, who has been releasing recordings as a leader since 1989, has a new album out, Something Gold, Something Blue, on HighNote featuring fellow trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, as well as guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake. Harrell is a prolific arranger and composer and a mysterious yet mesmerizing presence in concert and a regular in the recording studio. His resume is impressive, with contributions to bands led by Stan Kenton, Horace Silver and Joe Lovano. He has written scores for ballets and arrangements for symphony orchestras and his last HighNote album “First Impressions” (HCD 7276) was in the Top Ten Best Jazz albums of 2015 in the 64th Annual Downbeat Critic's Poll while Akinmusire and Harrell took the top two slots in the trumpet category in the same poll.

Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015) {HighNote}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 30, 2016
Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015) {HighNote}

Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015) {HighNote}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Scans 300dpi | 331MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Tom Harrell is in a classical mood on his genre-blending First Impressions. This isn’t new for the brilliant trumpeter-composer. The six-part suite The Adventures of a Quixotic Character, off Harrell’s 2014 album Trip, had a classical feel to it, and this new album’s liner notes, by Robert Baird, trace Harrell’s blending of classical music and jazz in his earlier work. But the emphasis of that fusion is heightened on First Impressions, and the jazz/classical recipe is seasoned with tastes of other styles as well.

Tom Harrell - Prana Dance (2009) {HighNote}  

Posted by tiburon at Nov. 27, 2015
Tom Harrell - Prana Dance (2009) {HighNote}

Tom Harrell - Prana Dance (2009) {HighNote}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz

Following up his 2007 effort Light On (HighNote), trumpeter Tom Harrell continues to document his original compositional voice and uncommonly tight working band with Prana Dance. Again there's the youthful, hungry lineup of tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett and drummer Johnathan Blake, with long-serving Harrell stalwart Ugonna Okegwo digging in on bass. The material is all original, all new, teeming with harmonic secrets and an uncanny marriage of the simple and complex, not to mention ample possibilities for elaboration in the live setting—as the band proved during a galvanizing Thursday night set at New York's Village Vanguard in April, 2009.

Tom Harrell - Number Five (2012)  

Posted by mark70 at Feb. 6, 2013
Tom Harrell - Number Five (2012)

Tom Harrell - Number Five (2012)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 59:07 min | 133 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: HighNote Records

Tom Harrell has had a lot of success with his series of quintet recordings for HighNote, but his fifth release for the label, which uses the same musicians as the first four CDs (tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake), takes a different path, featuring the full band on four of the eleven tracks, then in various configurations from solo to duo, trio, and quartet. He explodes out of the box with a fiery take of Dizzy Gillespie's "Blue 'N' Boogie" accompanied solely by Blake. Harrell previously recorded his mellow ballad "Journey to the Stars" as a duet with Grissett, but for this session, he overdubs several muted trumpets in spots.

Tom Harrell - Roman Nights (2010) {HighNote}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Sept. 5, 2016
Tom Harrell - Roman Nights (2010) {HighNote}

Tom Harrell - Roman Nights (2010) {HighNote}
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Genre: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post-Bop

Tom Harrell has been on a roll since returning to action following a four-year hiatus during the mid-'00s. The trumpeter/composer's third release for HighNote retains the same consistent level of quality that marked his previous two for the label, Light On and Prana Dance, both of which shared the personnel found on Roman Nights: tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

Tom Harrell - Labyrinth (1996)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 31, 2016
Tom Harrell - Labyrinth (1996)

Tom Harrell - Labyrinth (1996)
Jazz, Hard Bop | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 66 min | 151 MB
Label: RCA Victor | Rel: 1996

Tom Harrell has been gradually gaining recognition as one of the most consistently creative brassmen in jazz. Although his soft tone can sometimes be a little reminiscent of Chet Baker, Harrell's technique is on a higher level and he is a more advanced player. Harrell is heard in fine form throughout this CD which is split between appearances with his impressive quintet and with a nonet/tentet. The trumpeter, who contributed nine of the ten selections, is quite generous in allocating solo space and in keeping his improvisations relatively brief and to the point. The selections display variety within the hard bop/post bop idiom, ranging from rhythmic pieces such as "Marimba Song" and "Samba Mate" to the tongue twister "Cheetah" and several numbers which make the augmented group sound like a big band.

Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015)  

Posted by mark70 at Oct. 18, 2015
Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015)

Tom Harrell - First Impressions (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 63:28 min | 147 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: HighNote

Both Debussy and Ravel transformed the world of music by creating a new sensibility of beauty of sound," says trumpeter/composer, Tom Harrell, who himself is known for his superb lyricism and poetry in his playing and writing. With his nine-piece chamber ensemble, Harrell interprets the works of these two French composers. The personnel includes the members of his working band of over 10 years – Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo, and Johnathan Blake; a notable jazz woodwind player, Charles Pillow on flutes; and three string players who are equally adept at classical and jazz repertoires - Meg Okura (violin), Rubin Kodheli (cello), aand Rale Micic (guitar).

Tom Harrell - Trip (2014)  

Posted by mark70 at Jan. 17, 2015
Tom Harrell - Trip (2014)

Tom Harrell - Trip (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 61:25 min | 142 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Highnote

Few people would fit the 'jazz hero' mold less than Tom Harrell, whose modesty and lack of pretense is in direct inverse proportion to his talent. And yet, Harrell is revered, not for playing fast, high or loudly, but for his supremacy at fashioning astonishingly beautiful aural shapes with a tone of immense gentleness and depth. Many listeners may be familiar with his compositions including Sail Away and his superb arrangements on all his HighNote recordings, while many will have remembered his fine work in the 70's alongside Bob Berg in Horace Silver's band, and a decade later with Phil Woods.