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Frames Live

by Greg Harris Vibe Quintet

High-quality live recording featuring this vibraphone-fronted quintet.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Frames
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2. Lib Exploration
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3. Flank Fuzz
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4. Lightness
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5. Shephard's Pi
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6. Calm Our Spirits
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7. Reach
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8. Lucid Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet is equally adept at long, dreamy, ruminative pieces and more aggressive, driving numbers." Open Space is "unfailingly lush and rich." -All About Jazz.com

"The grooves are every bit as enjoyable as the solos. Open Space overflows with good vibes, in more ways than one." -Westword Newspaper (Denver)

"The tunes are so well-written that even the classical music junkies religiously attend the shows," says Jennie Dorris in the Daily Camera. "They have a lot of energy and know how to relate to a younger audience."

Vibraphonist Greg Harris leads his own "Vibe Quintet," is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick's Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, After Midnight Jazz Band and has 4 released albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet "Open Space," "Frames Live," Prospector "Memory of Pilots" featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, and "World Citizen" with West African master xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura.

He received an M.M. in Music Performance, Percussion at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Music Education and Music Performance Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College. Greg is a private instructor and freelance musician in the Denver/Boulder area.

Aside from his jazz experience, Greg has traveled and studied in Ghana, West Africa. Ethnomusicologist and CU professor Kwasi Ampene took the graduate student along as an assistant. In Ghana, Greg learned from xylophone masters Kakraba Lobi, S.K. Kakraba, and Aaron Bebe Sukura and drumming with Johnson Kemeh. The experience changed both his world perspective and rhythmic style as a percussionist."I was the only obrunni (white boy) walking around over there," he laughs. "I would go out late night to these small Muslim towns and take a xylophone lesson from a xylophone master guy. I stood out like a sore thumb but they were so inviting." Master xylophonist Bebe even traveled from Ghana to play with Harris in the U.S., and Harris has also toured Ireland.

Greg also became fascinated with frame drums, and explored styles from Ireland, the Middle East, and North Africa. He often utilizes these influences in compositions and performances. He has toured and recorded with West African master musician Aaron Bebe Sukura, and toured internationally with banjo legend Pete Wernick's Live Five/FLEXIGRASS.


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John Book, Music For America

An exciting listen, one of the best albums of 2007
The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet are lead by Greg Harris, a musician who will be watched carefully in the next few years. He's involved in a number of other projects, so it seems it's more of a matter of keeping up with him.

On Frames Live (GH Music), Harris and his band head off into a world heavily influenced by early to mid-70's jazz, imagine Roy Ayers, Roy Carter and Miles Davis deciding to hang out with the guys at CTI. The trumpet and flugelhorn work of Erinn Bone is very impressive, whether played straightforward or through effect pedals. His playing in "Lib Exploration" takes off but fades way too early at the 2:55 mark. James Calvin Thompson plays the stand up bass, and what I like about his playing is that he and drummer Bill Larson keep everything grounded while the others are allowed to play around and open up new doors. The rhythm section keeps the funk down hard in "Flank Fuzz", with a sluggish guitar riff from Matt Fuller making itself known as Harris starts splashing his vibraphone all over the place. By the end he's playing what I think is the Xylosynth, and to my ears I thought it was some tape manipulation done live. The sounds Harris plays are just twisted, where it sounds as if he's putting his hand on the tape to stop it. The crowd reacts, perhaps half of them don't know what's going on or where exactly the sounds are coming from, but it's exciting to hear. Guitarist Fuller is pretty much reserved throughout the album, but gets a chance to show what he's about with his own composition, "Shepherd's Pi". I hear a bit of Pat Martino in his playing, and it's a solo without all of the pomp and flash, just pure class.

It's all about Harris, but the songs are arranged to where everyone gets a chance to shine and be heard, whether it's in a ballad like "Shepherd's Pi", or a journey into the unknown as is the case with "Lucid Dream". Harris' work with Future Jazz Project is more defined, with his own quintet the music is more open and being redefined continuously, making each listen different from the previous one.