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Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell is also a Trumpeter of the Year nominee for the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. Following the success of his first four albums with the current members of his quintet - a remarkably cohesive unit that includes tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, drummer Johnathan Blake, and his bassist of 13 years, Ugonna Okegwo, Harrell’s latest quintet offering, NUMBER FIVE, was released in May 2012. The quintet's previous albums, THE TIME OF THE SUN (2011), ROMAN NIGHTS (2010), PRANA DANCE (2009) and LIGHT ON (2007), received wide critical acclaim and won SESAC awards four years in a row for topping the radio charts in the U.S. In contrast to his signature recordings during the RCA/BMG years (1996 - 2003) where much of his focus was on projects involving large ensembles, the latest albums on Highnote demonstrate Harrell's skills as a leader of a smaller unit that calls to mind the energy and rapport of Art Blakey’s and Horace Silver’s bands

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Woody Shaw & Todd Cochran

Read "Woody Shaw & Todd Cochran" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 729th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with veteran pianist Todd Cochran and music off Then and Again, Here and Now and follow it with the legend who gave him his stellar beginnings in Bobby Hutcherson. From there we motor through an hour of music with modern musicians making 2021 a memorable year including Scott Reeves, ...

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Article: Album Review

Erik Palmberg: In Between

Read "In Between" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Not many records reveal themselves in an instant. Yet a thoughtful presence and pensive vibe are apparent from the start of Erik Palmberg's In Between. His second record as a leader follows his successful debut, First Lines (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2018), an earthy display of vintage jazz adorned with modern expressionism. It was a launch point ...

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tom Harrell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tom Harrell

All About Jazz is celebrating Tom Harrell's birthday today! Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook - Companion Mixtape

Read "His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often exclude tracks that deserve attention but for one reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.) don't find the right spot in the playlist... To remedy the situation we have a “companion mixtape" series when it's necessary to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Trumpet Master Tom Harrell: Mainstream Melodocist

Read "Trumpet Master Tom Harrell: Mainstream Melodocist" reviewed by Russell Perry


Tom Harrell has been an active musician for over 50 years. After stints with a wide range of prominent bands including those of Horace Silver, Lee Konitz and George Russell, he came to maturity with the Phil Woods Quintet from 1983-1989. For the past three decades he has released a series of discs on roughly an ...

Article: Album Review

Kenny Barron - Dave Holland Trio feat. Johnathan Blake: Without Deception

Read "Without Deception" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A distanza di sei anni dal celebrato The Art f Conversation, Kenny Barron e Dave Holland introducono nel loro sodalizio il batterista Johnathan Blake per realizzare un nuovo pregevole lavoro che non ricalca—com'è giusto che sia—quello precedente. In questa modifica di formazione pesa il fantasioso apporto ritmico del batterista ma non è l'unico fattore. In quel ...


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