"This is the way records used to be made, but it’s a rare occurrence now." ----George Fendel, KMHD Radio
"If you ever had a taste for those then indie jazz label smoking combo sessions, this set brings the sound into the present, keeps the vibe intact and simply blows your mind. A non-stop mainstream groover's paradise." -- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review - www.midwestrecord.com
This is Bill Haris's second album as a leader, a follow up to his acclaimed first album, "Inside Out". "This Time the Dream's on Me" debuted at #4 in "Top Adds" in national radio airplay on it's debut week, and then settled in at #33 nationally. Nationally recognized players, swinging hard-bop solos, great arrangements.
Early reviews of "This Time the Dream's on Me":
Bill Harris is back with a brand new album with his quintet, and This Time The Dream's On Me (Pensativa) sounds like it was recorded in the early 1960’s and was freshly mixed and mastered not to meet the standards of today, but to show how great the recording and mixing progress was like 50 years ago.
The majority of the songs are cover versions, so one gets to hear great covers of Wayne Shorter's One By One, George & Ira Gershwin's Soon, and Benny Golson's Stablemates, but they way Harris, drummer Dick Berg, bassist Dave Captein, pianist George Mitchell, and trumpeter Paul Mazzio perform these songs makes it sound like they came up with these ideas and concepts on the spot. Recorded over a two day period in Portland, Oregon, one can also consider this an extension and continuation of the city's love of jazz but also how jazz should be played and interpreted. When an album opens with a 10 minute rendition of Tadd Dameron's On A Misty Night, you can assume they are ready to do business. Harris does not let down, showing the kind of grace with his saxophones that show a lifelong passion to the music. Job well done. -- John Book - This is Book's Music - www.thisisbooksmusic.com
BILL HARRIS QUINTET/This Time the Dream's on Me: You're 63 and you have to follow up a smashing late-in-life debut. What do you do? How about come out with a small group date that shows the one before was no fluke. The sax man leads his crew through a set card of oldies that pretty much haven't been beaten to death finding a freshness and snap that makes it all younger than springtime. A wonderful breath of musical fresh air, let's hope his new found career as a band leader keeps rolling along like this. If you ever had a taste for those then indie jazz label smoking combo sessions, this set brings the sound into the present, keeps the vibe intact and simply blows your mind. A non-stop mainstream groover's paradise. -- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review - www.midwestrecord.com
This Time the Dream’s on Me; Bill Harris, alto and tenor saxes.
Portland reedman Harris follows up a terrific recording from a year or so ago with another grand day in the studio. He is obviously a believer in the richness and vitality of the American Songbook. As a result, we’re treated to “Suddenly It’s Spring,”“Teach Me Tonight,” “Soon,” “Bye Bye Baby” and the title tune itself. To complete the temptation, add some heralded jazz compositions like Tadd Dameron’s “On A Misty Night,” Horace Silver’s “Nutville,” Benny Golson’s “Stablemates,” and Wayne Shorter’s “One by One.” The “required” blues is a Harris original, “Bluesy Lucy.”
Once again, Harris employs a lineup of outstanding Portland-area players in Paul Mazzio, trumpet and flugelhorn, George Mitchell, piano, Dave Captein, bass, and Dick Berk, drums. To be succinct, let’s just say that this is the way records used to be made, but it’s a rare occurrence now.
Steve Hall has arranged these tunes in a fresh, vital manner, allowing all the players generous wiggle room for solos. And the ensemble passages just “sing” these great songs. Harris himself sounds very much at home, quite comfortable in his interpretations and improvisations without ever putting too much frosting on the cake. Nice going - you’ve done it again!
--George Fendel, KMHD Radio
Just want to thank you for the newest release from Bill Harris, "This Time the Dream's on Me". Thanks from all of us at KPOV for having this really great recording to add to our library, and you can be sure it will get air time on my show, Straight, No Chaser on Tuesday's here at 6pm on 889, High Desert Community Radio. Thanks so much, and really hope to see Bill come to play here in Bend sometime soon!
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Solid mainstream jazz, no fluff and no pretence, just great jazz! I know Bill Harris and he never disappoints! His music will be featured for many months to come for sure. Thank you for sending me this CD Peter Kuller - Jazz Presenter Radio Adelaide AUSTRALIA
"The Bill H. Q. has quality grooves that fit nicely into our New and Smooth Jazz Sounds on our Jazz Flight! Cuts 1O and 4 will get morning airplay, and cuts 2 & 9 slide into our upbeat Afternoon Jazz Flight". Thanks BHQ for the smooth sounds!
WUEV Jazz Flight Producer