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Avery Sharpe, best known for his long association with McCoy Tyner, is a superior bassist. On some of the selections on Dragon Fly, he overdubs a second bass part and can be heard soloing like a guitar over his own accompaniment in a quartet that also includes pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs and drummer Winard Harper. Most of the other selections are trio numbers although there are two appearances by tenor-saxophonist Chico Freeman and three vocals from Jeri Brown with Athina heard on background vocals on "Swingfield." Brown, who scats well on "My Favorite Things," is featured on "Change" in a duet with Sharpe. But since Sharpe is the dominant voice, the relaxed Dragon Fly set is primarily of interest to lovers of the string bass.


Born: 1955 in Valdosta, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An excellent bassist, Avery Sharpe is best known for his longtime association with McCoy Tyner's trio. He originally played piano (starting when he was eight) and accordion, switching to electric (and eventually acoustic) bass a few years later. At the University of Massachusetts, Sharpe had the opportunity to study with Reggie Workman, and he gigged with Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny. Sharpe first teamed up with McCoy Tyner in his early-'80s sextet, and...
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Dragon Fly, Avery Sharpe Trio
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 06, 2004

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