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Stefon Harris & Blackout - Evolution (2004)

Jazz | Author: SELMER | 20-05-2015, 05:58
Stefon Harris & Blackout - Evolution (2004)
Artist: Stefon Harris & Blackout
Title Of Album: Evolution
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Blue Note
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:07:17
Full Size: 379 MB


01. Nothing Personal [05:54]
02. For Him, For Her [06:20]
03. Until [06:21]
04. Red-Bone Netti-Bone [07:47]
05. A Touch of Grace [05:48]
06. Summertime [07:17]
07. Blackout [07:28]
08. The Lost Ones [06:07]
09. King Tut's Strut [06:36]
10. Message To Mankind [05:15]
11. Montara [02:19]


Stefon Harris - vibraphone, marimba;
Casey Benjamin - alto saxophone (1, 2, 3-7, 9);
Marc Cary - Fender Rhodes and keyboards (1, 2, 4-9);
Darryl Hall - acoustic bass;
Terreon Gully - drums;
Anne Drummond - flute and alto flute;
Xavier Davis - piano and Fender Rhodes (3, 10);
Pedro Martinez - percussion, vocals (9).

Established jazz artists like vibraphonist Stefon Harris hold it on faith that their fans--and maybe some critics, too--will follow them when they gravitate toward the commercial side of the tracks with pop-informed albums. Still, even taking into account the need to reach a broader audience at a time when instrumental jazz has fallen out of favor, Evolution seems like a step backward, not forward. As contemporary jazz--if not Contemporary Jazz--goes, this album is a cut above. Harris has a great ear for melody, a gift for intoxicating, offbeat arrangements, and a knack for sublimating influences ranging from funk to fusion. (He is abetted in the latter style by Marc Cary, who often sounds like Return to Forever-era Chick Corea on electric piano.) But even if some of the performances get under your skin with repeated listening--a cover of Sting's ballad "Until" casts a sneaky spell--too much of the album is bland and predictable. While it's nice to hear Harris return from the rarified heights of his Grand Unification Theory suite and play with a working band again, he's capable of more evolutionary sounds than these. -- Lloyd Sachs

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