Donald Harrison: Nouveau Swing (Impulse IMPD-209).
Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison is yet another member of the generation of young jazz musicians from New Orleans who have been making names for themselves -- the Marsalis brothers, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, et al. On Nouveau Swing, he plays in a straight ahead quartet setting, with Anthony Wonsey on piano, Christian McBride or Reuben Rogers on bass, and Carl Allen or Dion Parson on drums. He has a sweet tone and a swinging, singing style on alto that seems to reflect a real love for music and melody plus a deep respect for the groove. The result is a jazz album that jazz purists will really like, but that those who are not as comfortable with bop and neo-bop can feel right at home with. In addition, the liner notes are excellent, with Harrison providing brief but helpful comments on each of the compositions. This CD would be an excellent present for that nephew or brother-in-law that you are trying to get interested in jazz -- or that uncle who is a real jazz buff. Both will find much to enjoy, and much to thank you for. -- KWN
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|Author:||Nehring, Karl W.|
|Article Type:||Sound Recording Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 1997|
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