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Legends and Mentors


  • 1. Big Mac (Bro. Tyner)
    2. Ballad for Aisha
    3. Fly with the Wind
    4. Chief, The (Bro. Shepp)
    5. Steam
    6. Ujaama
    7. Gentle Giant (Bro. Lateef)
    8. Morning
    9. Because They Love Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89896

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge Hamilton Green
    EngineerMarc Urselli

    Personnel: Avery Sharpe (acoustic bass); John Blake (violin); Joe Ford (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano); Winard Harper (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Avery Sharpe; Marc Urselli.
    Liner Note Author: Eric Nemeyer.
    Recording information: Eastside Sounds, New York, NY (06/2007).
    Photographers: Walt Steinmetz; Eric Nemeyer; Kevin Sharpe.
    Arranger: Avery Sharpe.
    Avery Sharpe is an ace of the jazz bass--both acoustic and electric--whose resume includes working with McCoy Tyner and Pat Metheny. He's also started his own label, and LEGENDS & MENTORS is a heartfelt tribute to Tyner and other jazz icons that he's played with, namely saxophonists Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp. LEGENDS encapsulates the fire of Shepp, the serene ingenuity of Lateef (one of the earliest musicians to combine jazz and world music), and the modal majesty of Tyner, all thanks to Sharpe's intricate yet immediate bass work. Of course, the contributions of saxophonist Joe Ford (who played with Tyner too) and drummer Winard Harper don't hurt, either.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Sharpe's sturdy syncopated groove drives the 6/4 meter of the opening....Marked by superb performances and inspired arrangements."
    JazzTimes (p.109) - "Sharpe creates aural landscapes that effectively summon the spirit of the musicians they're meant to praise..."
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