My Inspiration is easily the most personal statement of Everette Harp’s solo career, as he’s crafted songs to express his love for his late father. It helps that instead of overproducing the hell out of yet another CD, Harp decided to let his immense talent on the tenor sax guide the songs as never before. The result is an honest record, one that stands out as among his best. The team of Harp and producer and co-writer Rex Rideout is hard to beat on their four songs together: the pop perfection of “Old School” is one of Harp’s best singles in years, while Harp’s chops in “All Jazzed Up (And Nowhere To Go)” are pleasing to those of us who have begged for more riffs from this guy.
“In My Father’s Eyes,” which Harp wrote, begins in a restrained voice but builds to its anthemic climax, its gospel tinges inspiring and upraising. Certainly the Rev. Miller M. Harp is smiling down at his son on this one. Harp also manages to pull off a more direct tribute with the title track, an R&B/pop ballad where another one of the saxophonist’s instruments, his voice, shows that the Rev. Harp’s progeny is certainly blessed with talent.