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Harris, David L.: Blues I Felt

David L. Harris is a musician/composer/arranger/singer who grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He found his calling at a young age as he started playing the trombone at the age of sixteen. He has toured the world over playing a number of festivals including The Montreal Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as many others. His debut album Blues I Felt has just been released and I have no hesitation in saying it's a beauty.

The players are David L. Harris (trombone and vocals), Shea Pierre (piano), Jasen Weaver (bass) and Miles Labat (drums).

The disc begins with "A Pisces' Dream" and its swirling piano intro infused with complex drum work and Harris' classic trombone sound. It is both subtle and forceful traversing peaks and valleys all the while the melodies solidifying in your brain. Excellent melodic jazz with a bluesy touch. These musicians really have a knack for lightening their touch when the mood arises. The accompanying piano and trombone solos are excellent. A melodic sentimentality permeates the poignant "Bein' Green" highlighted by beautiful piano and Harris's smooth vocals and lovely trombone tone. A jaunty trombone highlights the standard-like "Dewy's Notion" a fitting tribute to Delfeaya Marsalis whereas Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" is as delightful as a cool drink on a hot summer day and features some incredibly soulful trombone. The upbeat "Dj's Induction" is another winner continuing with the album's positive vibes and fine musicianship. Blues I Felt is an excellent jazz disc that is as much a step forward as it is a nod to the past. Jazz fans should love this.

Track Listing:
1. A Pisces' Dream (8:45)
2. Bein' Green (7:19)
3. Dewy's Notion (5:01)
4. Mood Indigo (7:05)
5. DJ's Induction (5:42)
6. Old Man Speaks (2:27)
7. There Will Be A Time (4:00)
8. The Point To See (5:22)
9. Moody's Mood For Love (3:45)
10. There Is No Greater Love (6:50)
11. Blues I Felt (7:26)

Added: May 1st 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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