Reviews that mention Billy Harper

March 14, 2005

TOM MCINTOSH

With Malice Toward None
IPO IPOC 005

GRACHAN MONCUR III
Exploration
Capri 74068-2

Two generations of interconnected trombonists/composers get their due on these multi-faceted tributes which not only showcase some of their newer compositions plus their established standards but figuratively stick a ‘bone slide into the eye of the neo-cons.

Tom McIntosh (born 1927) and Grachan Moncur III (born 1937) were respected writers and soloists in the 1950s and 1960s (McIntosh) and 1960s and 1970s (Moncur) with a clutch of big names. McIntosh either played with or wrote compositions for James Moody, the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet and Dizzy Gillespie; Moncur’s best-known associations were with the Jazztet, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp. MORE

February 9, 2004

MALACHI THOMPSON & AFRICA BRASS

Blues Jazz
Delmark DG-548

Proof, if any more is needed, that despite the doctrinaire ravings of the Neo-Cons, accomplished players can create advanced, freedom-tinged jazz while staying true to the genre’s roots is provided by this CD.

BLUE JAZZ is made up of two suites composed by trumpeter Malachi Thompson and performed by his 12-piece Africa Brass plus guests on reeds and vocals. An added bonus are three stand-alone tracks, one written by certified mainstream hero Wayne Shorter, and another which is the sort of down and dirty Southside Chicago blues that would probably frighten the Young Lions right out of their bespoke-tailored suits. MORE