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Stefon Harris is someone to keep an ear on.
on September 22, 1999
After listening to this cd several times I had to go back and listen to Stefon Harris' first CD, A Cloud Of Red Dust, to confirm my initial impressions. They have been confirmed. Black Action Figure shows considerable progress from Harris' first CD. Everything about the CD is an improvement. The writing and playing are both stronger. More importantly for me, the new recording is much more cohesive than the first cd. While I enjoyed the first CD, I felt like Harris was trying to do too many different things in the fifty minute length of the CD. Not so with Black Action Figure. This should not be taken to mean that there is not a variety of moods on the new cd, but that the songs fit together nicely as a whole, documenting where Stefon Harris was at the time of this recording. Harris does not play it safe and seems to be searching for a personal way to express himself. This is something I respect a great deal. I would also be very negligent if I did not mention that Harris proves himself more than worthy of the critical attention he is receiving as one of the significant new vibraphone players to arrive in recent years. This is shown to best advantage on the CD on the songs featuring the quartet only. Check it out!