Stefon Harris: Sacred Forest
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: 91/100 (learn more)
This tune is one of several short but nice percussion heavy songs as "Sacred Forest" features Harris rocking the marimbas the way it's supposed to be done. This song opens up with a funky bass line by Dwayne Burno as the percussion enters. I really enjoy Harris's ability at throwing in different influences into his music and this cut is no exception. I think his debut album was one of the strongest releases period during the 1990s from any jazz musician. I say this for several reasons; the first being that he embraces many different genres of music and manages to successfully blend them with jazz flavors and secondly he effortlessly switches between marimba and vibraphone, exhibiting a strong grasp for both instruments. Harris has shown that he is one of the strongest voices in jazz music in recent years and his debut album is a strong testament to that statement.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley