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Free to Be
Donald Harrison
Free to Be
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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On this engaging, 12-tune set, Donald Harrison amply demonstrates his stylistic range. Featuring a rich, buoyant alto sound (a fluent combination of Cannonball Adderley and Maceo Parker), he makes a striking '90s statement...  more »

      
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All Artists: Donald Harrison
Title: Free to Be
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Grp Records
Original Release Date: 2/9/1999
Release Date: 2/9/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011105028325

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On this engaging, 12-tune set, Donald Harrison amply demonstrates his stylistic range. Featuring a rich, buoyant alto sound (a fluent combination of Cannonball Adderley and Maceo Parker), he makes a striking '90s statement--everything from bebop to hip-hop is referenced (at times within the same piece), but the influences are creatively integrated, suggesting a continuity of jazz lineage, rather than a showy pastiche. Drawing from his stints with Art Blakey and Digable Planets, Harrison joins a flexible, loose-limbed swing with a solid groove to make the complex tunes flow effortlessly from his ensemble. From the fiery, Coltranesque salvos on "Indian Blues" to the smooth, George Benson-flavored "Mr. Cool Breeze," Harrison shows a command of both style and substance. This is strong contemporary jazz unafraid to reveal its heritage. --Wally Shoup

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Jazz standards to New orleans Funk - "FANTASTIC!"
08/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If like the Alto sax,Donald "Duck" Harrisons' the man for you.It's hard,no impossible to believe this guy has'nt hit the "BIG TIME" yet, although one knows it's only a matter of time.Free to be is in my humble opinion his finest offering yet,a wonderful blend of Trad Jazz and New Orleans Funk that has you tapping your feet one minute and drifting off into adream the next.Influences such as James Brown,Charlie Parker,Grover Washington .Jr and David Sanborn are apparent,but who have'nt those guys influenced? All in all a great album which has left me eagerly anticipating his next offering."
Phenomenal
04/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Donald Harrison has done it again! Ryhthmic and catchy with great riffs and expanded solos, Free to Be is a must.."