Half Notes: Tom Harrell – Roman Nights (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

My favorite Tom Harrell record is actually a Jim Hall record. These Rooms was a Jim Hall Trio album featuring Tom Harrell. Really great stuff. There was a certain synergy between Harrell’s flugelhorn and Hall’s guitar. Some of that kind of thing is evident on Roman Nights. Danny Grissett’s beautiful piano introduction on the title track leads into Harrell’s smokey theme. On the higher end of the energy scale is the closing “Bird In Flight.” As usual, I am hooked by inspired unison play and this song is full of it. When Harrell and tenor player Wayne Escoffery start trading solos, you know you’re onto something.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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