Wise Children

Wise Children

by Tom HarrellTom Harrell


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Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and recording conceptualist Tom Harrell is a man of ambition, and on Wise Children he’s outdone himself. The most attention-grabbing factor is, of course, the guest appearances of three leading female jazz singers: Cassandra Wilson, Jane Monheit, and Dianne Reeves. That he was able to rope in this talent is testament to the regard in which Harrell is held within the jazz community. Gracing one tune apiece, each of the three vocalists distinguishes herself, mellifluously intoning words set to Harrell melodies that had previously appeared in instrumental form on his earlier albums. But there’s much more to the album than the vocal numbers. Harrell beefs up his working quintet with percussion, horns, and guitar, as well as a string section, in order to achieve the sophisticated tonal and rhythmic effects he aims for. Drawing from a palette that includes funk and Latin strains, among other influences, Harrell constructs a grand sound world that also leaves lots of room for his celebrated work on both trumpet and flugelhorn, and for deft contributions by pianist Xavier Davis and saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Myron Walden. Thinking big doesn’t always guarantee success; in this case it has.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765301626
catalogNumber: 53016
Rank: 109983

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Harrell   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Balafon
Gil Goldstein   Accordion
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Luis Bonilla   Trombone
John Clark   French Horn
Milton Cardona   Conga
Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Joe Gonzalez   Bongos
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Douglas Purviance   Bass Trombone
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Marvin Sewell   Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Szabo   Cello
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Reuben Rogers   Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Mondre Moffett   Trumpet
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Myron Walden   Alto Saxophone
Xavier Davis   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,Kalimba,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Ugonna Okegwo   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Greene   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jane Monheit   Vocals
Quincy Davis   Drums
Danny Miller   Cello

Technical Credits

Joe Ferla   Engineer
Tom Harrell   Arranger,Composer
John Snyder   Producer
David Berkman   Liner Notes
Rebecca Meek   Art Direction
Kami Lyle   Composer
Xavier Davis   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Lisa Michel   Composer
Angela Harrell   Producer
Riccardo Vecchio   Illustrations

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