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Winard Harper: Come Into the Light

There’s certainly been no shortage of artistic statements about the September 11 attacks and their aftermath, and there’ll no doubt be more. Few of those are as concise or as engaging as the one made by master drummer Winard Harper and his sextet on Come Into the Light.

“911” is but one of the gems on this uncompromisingly excellent live recording (the first at Cecil Brooks III’s New Jersey club). Saxophonist Brian Horton sets the tone on his brief introduction, which Harper follows up even more ominously, paving the way for trumpeter Patrick Rickman to launch a blistering attack of his own. Thereafter, the music represents the bedlam and uncertainty that followed the historic day’s cataclysm, with both Horton and pianist Jeb Patton weaving tortured cries into Harper’s authoritative trap breaks.

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