Stefon Harris: One String Blues
One String Blues
Stefon Harris (vibes)
A Cloud of Red Dust (Blue Note)
Dwayne Burno (bass), Alvester Garnett (drums).
Composed by Stefon Harris.
Recorded: New York, October 6th-7th 1997
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
On his debut album, Stefon Harris emerged as one of the most interesting voices in jazz music. He approaches composition from a very non-traditional standpoint, as heard on the Indian inspired "One String Blues." This album is chalked full of songs that draw on different influences but this one finds Harris playing a light blues scale over a percussion driven beat. Although the song is short, very short, it is a nice example of Harris's willingness as a composer to push the envelope. I would have like to have heard a more extended version of this song but it still gets the job done. Harris was only twenty-four when he recorded this album, man, only twenty-four!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley