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October 1997

Phil Farris
Sun Sound
Posi-Tone

Farris and company (pianist David Ake, bassist Bill Markus and drummer Giovanni Nickens), recorded live at Billy Higgins' World Stage club in L.A., have a powerful spiritual approach reminiscent of the classic Coltrane Quartet and Billy Harper's quintet. On the opening "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" the leader's tenor is full of sweeping runs, long held notes, rising half-step phrases and raw-edged tones. Nickens burns Elvin Jones-style behind him. This is how the album goes, although there are peaceful moments, too, such as Ake's solo on "Blue in Green" and Farris' composition, "Sea of Sand."

Originally published in October 1997
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