11 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the past, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell frequently recorded with large groups. But in the last few years, he’s focused on collaborating with his excellent quintet. 2012’s Number Five is his fifth release with that same lineup: Harrell, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, keyboard player Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Number Five starts with a smoking duo version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Blue ‘n’ Boogie.” (A number of cuts involve various subgroupings of the band.) Spurred on by hard-swinging drums, Harrell bobs and weaves through the song’s changes with great aplomb, and Blake turns in a dazzling drum solo. The whole band appears on the title cut, which has strong statements from each of the individual members. The Harrell original “The Question” is a lovely, mellow piece for flugelhorn, saxophone, and Fender Rhodes. Two tracks (the standard “Star Eyes” and Tadd Dameron’s “A Blue Time”) find Harrell tackling the pieces without accompaniment. The man has a burnished tone and a sense of lyricism that's a joy to behold.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the past, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell frequently recorded with large groups. But in the last few years, he’s focused on collaborating with his excellent quintet. 2012’s Number Five is his fifth release with that same lineup: Harrell, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, keyboard player Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Number Five starts with a smoking duo version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Blue ‘n’ Boogie.” (A number of cuts involve various subgroupings of the band.) Spurred on by hard-swinging drums, Harrell bobs and weaves through the song’s changes with great aplomb, and Blake turns in a dazzling drum solo. The whole band appears on the title cut, which has strong statements from each of the individual members. The Harrell original “The Question” is a lovely, mellow piece for flugelhorn, saxophone, and Fender Rhodes. Two tracks (the standard “Star Eyes” and Tadd Dameron’s “A Blue Time”) find Harrell tackling the pieces without accompaniment. The man has a burnished tone and a sense of lyricism that's a joy to behold.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

19 Ratings

Great to see and hear new music from Tom Harrell !

tutunpa,

What an amazing band, I've always loved Tom Harrell's music and this record stands as one of his best in my opinion. If you are new to his catalog you should also purchase Tom Harrell's "FORM" another great record to own !!

Superb Jazz Artist

kjb176,

Tom Harrell is a superb jazz artist. And he has managed to assemble a very talented group of musicians. His other album "The Time of the Sun" and now "Number Five" are both essentials of any jazz collection.

About Tom Harrell

A first-rate trumpet soloist, generally considered by many musicians to be the top hard bop trumpeter of the 1980s and '90s, Tom Harrell has performed in a distinguished fashion for several bandleaders. His style mixes together the power of Clifford Brown with the lyricism of Chet Baker. Harrell grew up in Northern California and toured with Stan Kenton (1969), Woody Herman (1970-1971), and Horace Silver (1973-1977). He moved to New York in the mid-'70s, and played during this period with Cecil Payne, Bill Evans (1979), the Lee Konitz Nonet (1979-1981), and George Russell (1982).

Harrell traveled the world with the Phil Woods Quintet (1983-1989) and went on to generally lead his own bands, recording for Contemporary and Chesky before landing at RCA for 1996's Labyrinth; subsequent outings included 1997's The Art of Rhythm, 1999's Time's Mirror, 2001's Paradise, and 2003's Wise Children. In 2007, Harrell moved to High Note and released Light On. Harrell continued in a similar vein with his atmospheric 2009 release Prana Dance and 2010's Roman Nights. In 2011, he released the similarly expansive The Time of the Sun. ~ Ron Wynn & Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Urbana, IL
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    June 16, 1946

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