Everette Harp – All For You

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Everette Harp
(A440 – 2004)
by Ray Redmond

Everette Harp is burning up on his new A440 release. The All-star guest list on this release reads like a who’s who in the jazz world… Norman Brown, George Duke, Paul Jackson Jr., Earl Klugh and Rex Rideout just to name a few. Kisses Don’t Lie sets the tempo right away with harp playing soulful sax and funky keyboard, toss in your occasional background vocal and some smackin’ guitar by David Barry and you’ve got a hit.

Norman Brown adds a lot of flair to Just Like Old Times as he and Harp work side by side with Paul Jackson Jr. keeping the rhythm rolling and Larry Kimple pulling bass duty. Can you Hear Me is a bumping Rex Rideout composition featuring Walt Fowler on trumpet. Howard Hewitt lends his unique vocal sound along with George Duke‘s keyboarding to the aptly named Groove Control which is truly a controlled groove, rising in intensity as it progresses.

I Remember When also starts slower and grows as it goes. Earl Klugh is the feature performer here and he puts in some strong and timely guitar work, complimenting Harps agressive sax style well. The closer is the Dwight Sills filled In The Blink of an Eye and that’s how fast you’ll get to the end of this great CD… and that’s way too soon. Everette Harp has become a real force in the overcrowded saxophone category since he first hit the scene in 1992 with the self-titled Everette Harp. The class of the material, performers and performances on this CD are a testament to the fact that he has indeed arrived.