Deborah Henson-Conant: On The Rise
On the Rise
Deborah Henson-Conant (harp)
On The Rise (GRP GRD-9578)
Lou Marini (saxophone), Clifford Carter (keyboards), Café (percussion).
Composed by Deborah Henson-Conant and Mark Egan.
Recorded: New York, October 1988
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
I am a huge fan of Elements, the experimental jazz group formed over 20 years ago by bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb. Every few years they come out with some new music. There have been some albums of uneven material. But the band, which uses revolving musicians to play with Egan and Gottlieb, has for the most part produced wonderful music. Why all the talk about Elements when I am reviewing a cut from the fine harpist Deborah Henson-Conant? The answer is simple. "On The Rise" is basically an Elements song with Henson-Conant's harp sitting in for the guitar of Stan Samole or Steve Khan. Café and Clifford Carter were also frequent Elements collaborators. "On the Rise" is even co-written with Egan. Henson-Conant acquits herself well on this involving sound exploration. The harp isn't exactly the type of instrument that allows you to cut glass. But Henson-Conant knows how to use its timbres to fill out a lush fusion piece.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky