Author Archive for George W. Harris

Mitch Shiner: Fly!

Mitch Shiner leads the Blooming Tones Big Band here as he supplies drums, vibes and percussion, and Wayne Wallace helps his ex-sideman out by producing the hot blooded session and bringing his trombone along for some nice solo contributions. A…

Diva: A Swingin’ Life

The 15 all woman big band Diva may have a schtick, but not a gimmick. These ladies pack a punch, as these tracks from Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC and at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh attest. The…

Eric Harland’s Voyager: Vipassana

Drummer Eric Harland mixes Eastern religious practice with Western jazz on this album that literally translates into “Insight Meditation.” He’s brought along some of the best jazzers around in Walter Smith/ts, Julian Lage/g, Taylor Eigsti/p Nir Felder/g, Harish Raghavan/b and…