Avery Sharpe: Fly with the Wind


Fly with the Wind


Avery Sharpe (bass)


Legends & Mentors (JKNM Records AS 89896)

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Avery Sharpe (bass), John Blake (violin), Joe Ford (reeds), Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano), Winard Harper (drums).

Composed by McCoy Tyner


Recorded: New York, June 2007


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Avery Sharpe dedicates his Legends & Mentors CD to three artists he worked with over the years: McCoy Tyner, Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp. His association with Tyner has spanned some 20 years, and although Sharpe was not on the original recording of "Fly with the Wind" in 1976, he probably has more experience with this tune than any other bassist on the planet. He digs into the familiar opening groove with aplomb, and drives the band relentlessly through the choruses and interludes. Onaje Allan Gumbs handles piano duties, and brings down the energy level a notch from the composer's approach. This is more a hot tropical breeze, rather than the Tyneresque hurricane. Sharpe may have learned from the masters, but he's ready to do some mentoring himself.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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