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After touring with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, then with percussionist Roy Haynes, saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. fronted his own band with Terence Blanchard. During those heady years, Donald never lost sight of his New Orleans heritage and on this session (recorded in 2000), he wanted to bring the sounds of the tradition up to date with modern twists on the old rhythms and inventive arrangements of familiar jazz tunes. This CD puts the back beat into tunes by Freddie Hubbard and Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes & Steve Swallow and Donald Harrison himself and presents the rare opportunity to hear three of New Orleans' great contemporary trumpeters head-to-head-to-head, (Nicholas Payton, Marlon Jordan and Jamil Sharif).

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Altoist Donald Harrison Jr. has gathered a host of native-born talent to explore that elusive wonder called the "New Orleans sound." Trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Marlon Jordan, and Jamil Sharif, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, and clarinetist Louis Ford join Harrison in a jubilant romp through a wide variety of material. With Adonis Rose's drums and Elton Heron's bass providing the dancing "second-line" rhythm (think immediately of Ed Blackwell) that propels everything forward with a beat and a bounce, the horn players exult on a number of originals, as well as Sonny Rollins's "Oleo" and Thelonious Monk's "Bye-Ya." Historically, Conga Square was the place where slaves were permitted to play drums and keep their African heritage alive. So it is that the New Orleans sound and its deep rhythmic structures count Conga Square as an important focal point. So it is also that Donald Harrison and his New Orleans crew bristle with a joyous, rhythmic force. --Wally Shoup

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candid Records
  • ASIN: B00004RCUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
New Orleans alto saxman Donald Harrison, Jr. has put together quite an ensemble to support him on this energetic recording: Nicholas Payton, Marlon Jordan, and Jamil Sharif on trumpets; Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone; Louis Ford on clarinet; Victor Goines on tenor sax; Peter Martin on piano; Elton Heron on bass, Adonis Rose on drums, and John O'Neal, who does a vocal/poetry recitation on the opening cut. The music ranges over traditional New Orleans tunes (e.g., "Two Pockey Way," "Just a Closer Walk with Three"), jazz standards (e.g., "Bye-Ya," "Oleo"), an original by Harrison ("Don't Drink the Water"), and a poetic recital by O'Neal, accompanied by percussion, that really sets the tone for the rest of the album by introducing the second-line rhythm that underlies all the arrangements. All of the cuts are excellent; for me, the real standout is the group's arrangement of Sonny Rollins's "Oleo," which responds well to the New Orleans-style arrangement that it gets here.

This set was recorded back in 1996 in New Orleans. It is a great CD that still rings true, and I recommend it highly to all jazz fans. Sound quality is solid if unspectacular, the liner notes are informative, and a really nice production detail is the identification of the soloists in the listing of tunes. A wonderful release!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Weinstein on July 19, 2013
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Both spiritual, funky, historical and jazz based, this recording is seems to be part of Harrison Jr's forte of bridging classical jazz with the lively stepping and melodies of New Orleans.
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By aschewan on December 1, 2014
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fatilah Yungai on March 22, 2000
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Donald captures the "spirit" of New Orleans. A smooth flow of vibrant, energetic jazz.
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