Monday 25 August 2014 at 8:00pm
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 North Market St., Wilmington, DE, 19801, United States
Colors of a Dream celebrates a new group, a new sound, a new album. Harrell has added alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and Esperanza Spalding doubling on bass and vocal, to core members of his long-standing quintet: Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. While this group is piano-less, it is not without chords. There is plenty of harmony played by the horns, voice and the basses. Harrell himself explains that he chose the instrumentation to achieve clarity in sound, the kind of clarity that one experiences at a beautiful park on a sunny day. He wrote the music with this instrumentation in mind and specifically to feature Spalding on voice and bass. The repertoire of the group ranges from Latin to swing to funk, with emphasis on catchy melodies and driving grooves and polyrhythms played by the two basses. Spalding's vocal work for this band provides a touch of dreaminess to the musical landscapes. Harrell premiered this group at the Village Vanguard in late March of 2013 and headed to the studio to record the album the following week.
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