Tom Harrell: Everything Happens to Me
Everything Happens To Me
Tom Harrell (flugelhorn)
Live At The Village Vanguard (RVG Bluebird/Heritage 63910)
Tom Harrell (flugelhorn).
Xavier Davis (piano).
Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York, November 15, 2001
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
In a 2005 report on the $14 billion anti-schizophrenia drug market, forbes.com focused on "renowned jazz musician" and diagnosed schizophrenic Tom Harrell. "For years, he has fought not only his disease, but also the crippling side effects of the drugs used to treat it. He still cuts an otherworldly figure, a grey-shocked wraith who stands stooped until he puts his horn to his mouth to play. But many of his symptoms—at least the drug-related ones—have improved." In this light, "Everything Happens To Me" assumes singular poignancy. Tom Harrell's deeply moving performance is a victory not of medicine but of one man's indomitability. $14 billion cannot buy such courage.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Composed by Matt Dennis & Tom Adair.