Label: Fomp Records
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr. plays everything from unstoppable Mardi Gras music to long-form conceptual pieces to smooth jazz. But New Orleans musicians like Harrison, Terence Blanchard and the young Christian Scott (the sixteen year old Scott’s playing is captured here) are as much serious artists as crowd-pleasers. On Paradise Found Harrison and Company show that the bop tradition is as alive in New Orleans as any other form of jazz. Charlie Parker gets his due on “One For Bird” and John Coltrane’s “Giants Steps” is burnished with an almost Latin groove. Scott and pianist Andrew Adair take center stage on Erroll Garner’s classic “Misty” before Harrison swoops in and extends the romantic vibe.