"If other trumpet players don’t have every Tom Harrell album, shame on them!" - Phil Woods
On his HighNote debut, Tom Harrell reaffirms his supreme position in the world of jazz trumpeters,
moving gracefully from atmospheric melodies floating atop gentle rhythms to funky modal workouts and
densely-layered harmonic explorations. With such outstanding gifts as an instrumentalist it is sometimes
easy to overlook the fact that Tom Harrell is firmly in the line of great jazz composers, stretching back
to Morton, Ellington, Miles, Monk and others. Featuring his razor-sharp working quintet – Wayne Escoffery,
Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo and Johnathan Blake – Harrell & company combine complex compositions,
seductive rhythms, advanced harmonic concepts, vibrant solos and sheer inspiration in an album which
transcends the jazz idiom and is almost able to reach out and touch the human spirit.
With Tom Harrell- trumpet & flugelhorn; Wayne Escoffery- tenor sax; Danny Grissett-
piano/fender rhodes; Ugonna Okegwo- bass; Johnathan Blake- drums.
Tracks: Va; Fountain; Sky Life; Blue Caribe; Nights in Catalonia; Contrary Mary; Architect
of Time; Bad Stuff; The Gronk; Va (reprise).
Nights At Catalonia