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F-stops

Craig Harris

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The seven-part "F-Stops," which is the centerpiece of this CD, is named after the time exposure settings used in cameras. Other than the "2nd Flow," which has some odd vocalizing by Craig Harris and a meandering feature for his didgeridoo, the concise pieces hold one's interest and feature Harris, his quartet with keyboardist Darrell Grant and two occasional guest saxophonists in fine form. But it is the other selections, particularly "D.A.S.H.," "Burundi" (which keeps on shifting time signatures), the ballad "Generations" and the lengthy "Say Essay" that are most memorable. Harris takes some of his finest recorded solos ever throughout this project, making it obvious that he is a major trombonist.

Biography

Born: 10 September 1954 in Hempstead, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the more esoteric trombonists of the avant-garde, Craig Harris has been an original stylist throughout his career. He played in R&B bands early on, graduated from college in 1976, and had stints with Sun Ra (1976-1978) and Abdullah Ibrahim (1979-1981). During the 1980s and '90s, he worked with the who's who of the avant-garde, including David Murray's octet and big band, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Olu Dara, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Charlie...
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