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Donald Harrison: Free to Be

Here’s a member of the thirty-something crew whose maturity is palpable and can be traced to what would appear to be an admirable self-sense of his artistry and growth arc. After the breakup of his first band, co-led with Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison’s visibility lessened a bit. He surfaced with a superb New Orleans-heritage session for Candid that yielded his own standard “Indian Blues,” neatly reprised here. Later he began working with Eddie Palmieri, a natural stopover given the historic connection between Louisiana and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Now Harrison’s perseverance and various apprenticeships have paid off in an artistry that is maturing quite nicely.

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