Tom Harrell

Born: June 16, 1946    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Tom Harrell

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell is also a Trumpeter of the Year nominee for the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike...
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”What Harrell [does] is spin out improvisational lines filled with instant melodies. Like a lyricist who illuminates phrases with subtle internal rhymes, Harrell's soloing captivates both the hearts and the minds of his listeners.” —The Los Angeles Times

A brilliant trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer. —Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker

There is no one in jazz today writing with more intelligent, depth and heart than Tom Harrell. —Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

The premier trumpeter of his generation. —David Hajdu, Entertainment Weekly

A master of melody. —Tom Masland, Newsweek

One of the top trumpeters in jazz for the past two decades and one of the musics most prolific and gifted composers. —Joe Cooper, New York Observer

He is that rare improviser who never resorts to cliche, a talent who seems to have an underground reserve of melody. —Tom Moon, Musician

Colors of a Dream (Highnote)
Number Five (Highnote)
The Time of the SUn (Highnote)
Roman Nights (Highnote)
Prana Dance (Highnote)
Light On (Highnote)
Wise Children (BMG/Arista)
Paradise (BMG/Bluebird)
Time's Mirror (RCA)
The Art of Rhythm (RCA)
Labyrinth (RCA)
Upswing (Chesky)
Passages (Chesky)
Visions (Contemporary)
Form (Contemporary)
Sail Away (Contemporary)
Stories (Contemporary)
Sail Away-Live in Paris
Moon Alley
Open Air
Play of Light
Moon and Sand
Sundance (Contemporary)

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