2019 album. Jazz.
Baltimorean pianist Lafayette Harris Jr. is known for an energetic sense of rhythmic vitality, a tasty, full bodied musical approach to the keyboard, and a sensibility drenched in the blues.
A staple at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem for a number of years as well as a member of various aggregations led by Max Roach, Harris’ new recording reflects this experience as well as a myriad of influences, from boogie-woogie legend Sammy Price to Kenny Barron and Barry Harris, all of whom encouraged Lafayette as an up-and-coming player.
Bassist Peter Washington brings a forceful sense of rhythm and lyrically rounded solos to the date, and drummer Lewis Nash keeps the rhythms swinging strongly and as steady as a Swiss watch. A thoughtful setlist and sound from the Van Gelder Studio makes this a self-recommending album.
Personnel: Lafayette Harris Jr. (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)
Track Listing: He’s My Guy / I Love You Yes I Do / Blues for Barry Harris / Don’t Letthe Sun Catch You Crying / Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye / Things Ain’t WhatThey Used to Be / Love Me in a Special Way / Bloomdido / You Can’t Lose withthe Blues / Wonder Why / Please Send Me Someone to Love / The Juicy Blues