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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Billy Harper "The Believer" 1980 US Jazz, Spiritual Jazz

Billy Harper  "The Believer" 1980 US  Jazz, Spiritual Jazz
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Billy Harper (born January 17, 1943, in Houston, Texas) is an American jazz saxophonist, “one of a generation of Coltrane-influenced tenor saxophonists” with a distinctively stern, hard-as-nails sound on his instrument.In 1965 Harper earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas.Harper has played with some of jazz’s greatest drummers; he served with Art Blakey’s Messengers for two years (1968–70); he played very briefly with Elvin Jones (1970), he played with the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the 1970s, and was a member of Max Roach’s band in the late 1970s. He has also been a frequent member of Randy Weston’s ensembles, and in 2013 they recorded their first album as a duo, entitled The Roots of the Blues. Harper performed on Gil Evans’ 1973 album Svengali, and contributed two of the most-performed tunes in the band’s repertoire: “Priestess” and “Thoroughbred”.Harper’s 1973 album Capra Black “remains one of the seminal recordings of jazz’s black consciousness movementa profoundly spiritual effort that channels both the intellectual complexity of the avant garde as well as the emotional potency of gospel”. The Italian jazz label Black Saint was launched with Harper’s 1975 album Black Saint. His later releases have mostly been on SteepleChase and Evidence. 

Credits 

A&R [Coordinator] – Missey Cecil 
Bass – Greg Maker 
Composed By – Billy Harper 
Coordinator – Missey Cecil 
Design – Masatami Togo 
Drums – Malcolm Pinson 
Engineer [Assistant] – Garry Rindfuss, Garry Rindfuss 
Engineer [Recording & Mixing ] – Bill Sheniman* 
Mastered By – Tohru Kotetsu
Photography By [Additional] – David Tan
Photography By [Cover] – Yasuhina Yoneda 
Piano – Armen Donelian 
Producer – Fumimaru Kawashiwa, Yoshio Ozawa 
Tenor Saxophone – Billy Harper 
Trumpet – Everett Hollins* 

Tracklist 

A Is It Not True, Simpy Because You Cannot Believe It ? 19:57 
B1 I Do Believe 4:35 
B2 Believe, For It Is True 12:14 


discography 


1973: Capra Black (Strata East) 
1974: Jon & Billy (Trio) with Jon Faddis 
1975: Black Saint (Black Saint) 
1977: Love on the Sudan (Denon) 
1977: Soran-Bushi, B.H. (Denon) 
1979: Knowledge of Self (Denon) 
1979: Trying to Make Heaven My Home (MPS) 
1979: Billy Harper Quintet in Europe (Soul Note) 
1979: The Awakening (Marge) 
1980: The Believer (Baystate) 
1989: Destiny Is Yours (Steeplechase) 
1991: Live on Tour in the Far East (Steeplechase) 
1991: Live on Tour in the Far East Vol. 2 (Steeplechase) 
1991: Live on Tour in the Far East Vol. 3 (Steeplechase) 
1993: Somalia (Evidence) 
1998: If Our Hearts Could Only See (DIW) 
2000: Soul of an Angel (Metropolitan) 
2009: Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2 (Talking House) 
2013: The Roots of the Blues (Sunnyside) with Randy Weston 

As sideman 

With Art Blakey 

Live! vol. 1 (Everest, 1968) 
Moanin (LRC, 1968) 
With Charles Earland 
Intensity (Prestige, 1972) 
Charles III (Prestige, 1973) 
With Gil Evans 

Blues in Orbit (Enja, 1969–71) 
Where Flamingos Fly (Artists House, 1971) 
Svengali (Atlantic, 1973) 
The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (RCA, 1974) 
There Comes a Time (RCA, 1975) 
With Sonny Fortune 

Great Friends (Disques Black & Blue, 1986) 

With Bobbi Humphrey 

Flute In (Blue Note, 1971) 
With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra 
Consummation (Blue Note, 1970) 
Potpourri (Philadelphia International, 1974) 
Suite for Pops (Horizon/A&M, 1975) 
With Mark Masters Jazz Orchestra 
Priestess (Capri, 1990) 
With Grachan Moncur III 

Explorations (Capri, 6/30/2004) 

With Lee Morgan 

We Remember You (Fresh Sound, 1972) 
The Last Session (Blue Note, 1972) 

With Max Roach 

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Atlantic, 1971) 
Live in Tokyo vol.1 (Denon, 1977) 
Live in Tokyo vol.2 (Denon, 1977) 
The Loadstar (Horo, 1977) 
Live in Amsterdam (Baystate/RVC, 1977) 
Confirmation (Fluid, 1978) 
With Woody Shaw 
Love Dance (Muse, 1975) 

With Malachi Thompson 

47th Street (Delmark, 1996)
Freebop Now! (Delmark, 1998) 
With Charles Tolliver 

With Love (Mosaic/Blue Note, 2006) 
Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note (Half Note, 2008) 

With McCoy Tyner 
Journey (Birdology, 1993) 
With Randy Weston 
Tanjah (Polydor, 1973) 
Carnival (Freedom, 1974) 
The Spirits of Our Ancestors (Antilles/Verve, 1991) 
Saga (Verve, 1995) 
The Roots of the Blues (Sunnyside, 2013) 

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