THE TIME OF THE SUN - Jazz CD Review by Jazz Society of Oregon

The Time of the Sun, Tom Harrell, trumpet and flugelhorn.
It'd no secret by now that Tom Harrell is considered one of the trumpet masters of this or any era. His original compositions can range from challenging, up-tempo creations to melodies of tenderness and beauty. His latest effort presents his present-day quintet of Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone, Danny Grissett, piano, Ugonna Okegwo, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums. The nine originals here are delivered in a vital, fresh and exuberant style. This is gimmick-free, non-confining post-bop with generous solo opportunities for every player. While Harrell leaps to the top of the mountain, you'll find the gritty, high-flying solowork of Escoffery and Grissett to be right in the pocket as well. Perhaps the most "straight ahead" cut on the album was a free flowing, sophisticated entry titled "Modern Life." As compared to past efforts, Harrell displays a bit more funk and groove orientation on this outing. He is a marvel of intricacy and — let's call it what it is — chops! There are few, if any, who can measure up to a riveting Tom Harrell solo!
High Note Records, 2011, 62:12.