Tom Harrell: The Mountain


The Mountain


Tom Harrell (flugelhorn)


Stories (Contemporary 14043)

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Tom Harrell (flugelhorn), Bob Berg (tenor sax), Billy Hart (drums), Ray Drummond (bass),

Niels Lan Doky, piano


Recorded: New York City, January 26-27, 1988


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Although he has continually battled against paranoid schizophrenia since his twenties, the troubled and inward-looking Harrell makes no sacrifices in his musicianship. On this tune, a sleek, muscular melody is at one with an edgy groove. Harrellís flugelhorn solo is both tender and lyrical while maintaining a power typical of his playing during the 1980s. His breath and execution are immediately felt by the listener, as is the heartfelt pathos in this afflicted artistís clean and darkly-hued blowing.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz


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