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Tom Harrell: Trip

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Not to discount the work of Tom Harrell’s frontline partners from his previous albums, but the tonal match and improvisational rapport between the trumpeter-flugelhornist and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner on this record is striking. Of course, Harrell’s writing is a major factor because it establishes compelling moods and guiding rhythmic patterns and melodic motifs. There is also his resourcefulness in directing the rhythm section of bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz. Harrell composed all the tunes, including the six-part Adventures of a Quixotic Character suite, which was originally commissioned by Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music. Trip denotes not only the name of the album but also the quartet.

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