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Veteran trumpeter Tom Harrell’s group Colors of a Dream has an intriguing lineup: Harrell, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, drummer Johnathan Blake, and two bassists: Esperanza Spalding and Ugonna Okegwo. Here on the group's debut, they display a great sound, with Spalding’s voice often serving as a particularly lovely instrument among the horn arrangements. Harrell composed all of the album’s music, which is sometimes tinged with R&B and pop flavors. “Tango,” the opener, reimagines the Argentinean musical style as spare horns provide an excellent backdrop for Spalding’s wordless vocals. The next cut, “Velejar,” has Portuguese lyrics and looks to Brazil for inspiration. Harrell displays a gorgeous tone on his lyrical solo, and Spalding’s vocals are outstanding. “Blues 2013” features exciting interplay between Spalding's and Okegwo’s basses. It’s striking how their flood of notes flows so smoothly, somehow never cluttering things up. On the closer, “Goin’ Out,” the two basses create a deep groove as Escoffery lets loose a husky solo that nicely contrasts with Shaw’s airy, darting statement.

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Creative Jazz Composer

Tom Harrell creates a slightly twist of his quintet. He included another base player that does some vocals, wordless mostly but effective. Album is good not great like most of his. I am still getting in to it and need to listen to it a few more times. Group does play well and he composes all of the songs.

Uncle Joe Tunz!


Born: June 16, 1946 in Urbana, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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Colors of a Dream, Tom Harrell
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 22, 2013

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