Original release date: November 20th, 1990
Possibly one of the greatest but least known albums, "Form" was Tom Harrell's fifth album as leader following his work with Art Farmer and with Phil Woods.
The band has extraordinary quality and depth – Tom Harrell (flugelhorn), Joe Lovano (tenor and soprano sax), Danilo Perez (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums). On one track ("January Spring") Cheryl Pyle adds flute.
There are five Tom Harrell original compositions – "Vista", "Brazillian Song", "Scene", "January Spring" and "Rhythm Form" (an ingenious take on "I Got Rhythm") – and a version of the Elise Bretton / Sherman Edwards / Donald Meyer song "For Heaven's Sake" to round off the album.
The music shades from thrilling ("Vista", Brazilian Song") to inspiring ("Rhythm Form") to outright beautiful ("Scene", "January Spring", "For Heaven's Sake") revealing not just Tom Harrell as a significant composer and arranger but a band that had it performed more would surely have been one of the best jazz groups of the decade.
This is highly recommended, essential jazz. It is good to discover that this great album (for so long difficult to obtain) has been made available again via MP3 download .
How excellent then that Tom Harrell and Joe Lovano have been performing together again of late, as in their "Shades Of Jazz" sets at Iridium Club, Broadway, New York on December 5th - 8th, 2007.
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