Ninety Miles

Ninety Miles

by Stefon HarrisStefon Harris
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This album is a collaboration between vibraphonist Stefon Harris, trumpeter Christian Scott, and tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, recorded in Havana with Cuban musicians, including pianists Rember Duharte and Harold López-Nussa. It's not a Latin jazz album, though; these guys are primarily interested in moving classic hard bop into the future with infusions of hip-hop sensibility and groove, and that aesthetic permeates Ninety Miles, though there are occasional keyboard montunos and plenty of conga-driven rhythms to be heard, particularly on the album's peak, the hard Afro-Cuban/New Orleans funk workout "Congo." In a way, Ninety Miles is a puzzling album, because it doesn't seem to be making any explicit political statement; it's about the artistry, and nothing more. Christian Scott is a blazing young trumpeter in the Clifford Brown mold; Stefon Harris, who came up under Greg Osby, is keenly aware of the vibes' traditional position within jazz, and makes the most of that; David Sánchez is a powerful saxophonist with a flair for melody over muscle-flexing displays of lung power. And that's all they really want you to take away from this album. It's a blowing session that just happens to have been recorded in Cuba, with Cuban musicians backing them. Which, in its way, is a political statement, if an oblique one. But the album is well worth hearing on purely musical grounds.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072329041
catalogNumber: 32904
Rank: 89271


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stefon Harris   Primary Artist,Vibes
Christian Scott   Trumpet
Edgar Martínez Ochoa DeZabalegui   Percussion,Conga,Djembe,Bata
Rember Duharte   Piano,Vocals
Harold Lopez Nussa   Piano
Ruy Adrián López-Nussa   Drums
David Sánchez   Tenor Saxophone
Jean Roberto San Miguel   Percussion,Conga,Bata
Eduardo Barroetabeña   Drums
Yandy Martinez González   Bass
Osmar Salazar   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Chris Dunn   Producer,Executive Producer
Stefon Harris   Composer
Kevin Zinger   Management
Karen Kennedy   Management
Ivory Daniel   Management
Devin DeHaven   Director,Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Pascal Kerouche   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Daniel Florestano   Executive Producer
Rember Duharte   Composer
Harold Lopez Nussa   Composer
David Sánchez   Composer
José Raúl Varona   Engineer

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