JT Track Premiere: “Los Angeles” by Harish Raghavan

Track appears on the bassist’s debut as a leader, Calls for Action, out Nov. 8

Harish Raghavan Los Angeles premiere
Harish Raghavan (photo: Emra Islek)

JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of “Los Angeles” by bassist Harish Raghavan. The track will be featured on Raghavan’s debut album Calls for Action, to be released Nov. 8 by Whirlwind Recordings. The album was produced by longtime musical associate Walter Smith III.

Following the leader’s bass intro, the first four tracks of the new album make up a suite unto itself. “Los Angeles,” the third track, suggests a cityscape’s afterglow with elegant, sustained phrases and percussive flair—and a sense of yearning.

“’Los Angeles’ represents the shimmering quality the city evokes,” Raghavan told JazzTimes. “I spent the early years of my adulthood playing all over Southern California, developing my playing. I wanted to write something as a dedication to that city,” 

Besides Raghavan on double bass, the album features Joel Ross on vibraphone, Kweku Sumbry on drums, Micah Thomas on piano, and Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone.

Since arriving in New York from Illinois by way of California in 2007, Raghavan has recorded and toured with numerous artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Charles Lloyd, Walter Smith III, Logan Richardson, and Eric Harland. But he has also worked with new stars, resulting in the markedly lithe quintet that recorded Calls for Action.