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I especially like the way Harris has conceived and presented the sonorities of Fender Rhodes (and various other keyboards) with vibes/marimba. Darryl Hall's acoustic bass and Terreon Gully's drums provide wonderful sonic support and coloration, and Casey Benjamin's alto seamlessly blends into the soundscape along with dreamy flute and very cool percussive effects on about half the cuts. The resulting tonal palette is very pleasing, although to the casual listener it will sound suspiciously like smooth jazz. But don't be fooled. Harris's roots are too firmly in the jazz tradition for him to opt out for smooth jazz, and the compositions and playing, despite their apparent similarity to jazz lite, are far too rigorous and genuinely conversational to be regarded as anything but authentic jazz, although of a very distinctly postmodern type.
As with Dave Douglas's recent disc, Strange Liberation, Harris has forsaken the larger ensemble approach he took with Grand Unification Theory and recorded this disc with his working band. Like Strange Liberation, the results are pretty spectacular. One of the reasons, I think, is that Harris, like Douglas, concentrates more on ensemble playing and group sound than on fiery solos, although there are plenty of the latter especially from the leader and the remarkable Marc Cary, certainly one of the most versatile of modern jazz keys players.
I don't think there's any question but that Stefon Harris is the most interesting vibes player to emerge since Bobby Hutcherson came on the scene in the early sixties (and remains, perhaps, this instrument's leading voice).Read more ›
albums and live performances since 1997, he defined that approach, this time in
a crossover acoustic and contemporary mold when he formed his next band and
released this next masterpiece in 2004. When I first brought this award-winning
classic when it was first came out, I was gratefully impressed about the way this
master of the vibraphone handled it, and what really makes Evolution absolutely
great and special is the enchanting vibraphone artistry that he highly showcased
and recorded it so well. Presented by Stefon Harris & Blackout, the dimensional
track set features a stirring track set beginning with Nothing Personal, where it's
proceded by other compositions like For Him, For Her; Red-Bone Netti-Bone, Of
Grace, A Message To Mankind and even the funky King Tut's Strut, while giving
George Gershwin's Summertime and Bobby Hutcherson's Mantera a new lease
that hardly disappoints. Greeted by rave reviews and big album sales, Evolution
was even voted by many as the "Best Jazz CD Of 2004", although despite some
leanings toward contemporary jazz, Harris keeps the music steady under control
as he makes his vibes do most of the talking. So I would highly recommend this
different original classic, because it will give you such a rich listening experience
that will enlightened the heart and stir the imagination with such timeless power.
If you want to get your hands on some of the hippest new stuff out there you can't go wrong with this, yo :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Jazz album, I am a big fan of Stefon Harris. See him live in concert and I also enjoy this disc. Music you can listen to without skipping a song.Published on November 7, 2013 by J. harris
Accessibly balanced release from the adventurous player makes an ideal starting point for the vibrant vibist.Published on June 8, 2010 by IRate
It gives me no pleasure to criticize an album. Especially Jazz albums that get far too little attention as it is.
However, this one leaves me cold. Read more
Very Colourful cd!
Good soud, melody and also technique!
I higher recommend!