Harold Little jazzy funky trumpet flugelhorn Harold Little – AKOBEN: All the way from “git-down” funk to the hippest of the hip & even a brief foray into church-like gospel, Harold reaches out to your ears and energizes them with his totally unique trumpet and flugelhorn work… all you need to do is scope out the fantastic opener, the 3:57 “East Of The River“, to get a feel for what this ride is going to be like… now, ain’t that the “ultra” in ultra-cool, folks?
I don’t always include “promo” videos in my reviews, but I thought this particular short on YouTube gave a nice personal touch from Harold that you otherwise might not know was there… there are some other nice vids there, too, so SUBSCRIBE to the Harold Little YouTube channel…
My impression from watching that video is that Harold is a very “down to earth” kinda’ guy, but he certainly stands out as a unique player in his performance… just scope out the powerful title track, “Akoben“… that name is the Adinkra (a writing system incorporating symbols representing various concepts that is used by the Akan peoples of Ghana) symbol for “war horn”, and was Harold’s inspiration for the recording… a truly strong piece of jazz splendor; I just LOVED this song!
The player list on this stunning album is far too long to itemize here, so be sure & check it out on Harold’s web pages… you’ll also be able to see all the cover art, liners etc., on that page – cool, huh? As often happens (for this reviewer, anyway), I was easily able to pick my personal favorite track after my “once-through-every-tune” initial listen… the closer, “Lets Walk“, just shimmers & shines, & will even have you doin’ “moonwalks”, like I did… a totally cool piece of jazz that’s worthy of some of those B-I-G awards… keep your ears on this player, people… he’s GOT it GOING! Get more information at the Harold Little website. Rotcod Zzaj
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