Thursday, October 31, 2013


A smoker from reedman Tim Warfield – working here on tenor sax with a tight group that comes across with plenty of fire! The entire lineup here is great – and they include Antoine Drye on trumpet, Kevin Hays on piano, Greg Williams on bass, Rodney Green on drums, and Herb Harris on vocals and tenor sax – all of whom are top notch here. Warfield is wonderfully sharp – blowing a batch of late night ballad grooves with a soulful vibe throughout.

Warfield is a master saxophonist with over 20 years of experience on the jazz scene.  His 1995 debut recording "A Cool Blue" was selected as a top ten recording in a New York Times critics poll, as was his 1998 recording "Gentle Warrior" (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Taurus Mateen, Clarence Penn, Terrell Stafford, and Nichlolas Payton), proclaiming him "possibly the most powerful saxophonist of his generation". In 1999, he was awarded "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in Downbeat Magazine's 49th Annual Critics poll. In 2000, alongside crooner Loston Harris, Warfield performed at the MTV GQ Men of the Year Awards in New York City."

In 2012, Warfield released "Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas." Edward Blanco, at All About Jazz says, "Performing a selection of familiar songs with a heavy contemporary flavor, the music is so straight-ahead in nature that such seasonal tunes like "Let It Snow," "Joy To The World," and "Silent Night," are almost unrecognizable as Christmas music and could easily be part of any playlist throughout the year."

The album is produced, written, and arranged by Herb Harris who spent a short period with the Wynton Marsalis Septet with whom he toured the states, Europe, and South America; he’s appeared on the soundtrack to "Tune In Tommorow" and he was also featured in the group of saxists dubbed the "Tough Young Tenors" on the album "Alone Together” which reached #5 on Billboard's Jazz Chart. 

Full tracklisting: Monkee See Monkee Doo;  Robert Earl; Ny Daze Ny Knights; When I'm Alone With You; Inspire Me!; What If's; A Tinge of the Melancholy; and. Monkee See Monkee Doo(Alternate Take).

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