THE TIME OF THE SUN - Jazz CD Review by Ken Frankling

Tom Harrell, The Time of the Sun (HighNote)
Trumpeter Tom Harrell has had a strong run of consistent excellence in his writing and playing across four decades, and there is no sign that he’s letting up or letting his quality sag. The Time of the Sun is the fourth recording by his five-year-old working quintet, which includes saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake. Okegwo has been a Harrell collaborator for 12 years.
With this kind of band consistency, the trust, rapport and musical empathy shine through. All nine Harrell originals are terrific. I particularly like “Estuary," “Ridin’," “The Open Door," the beautiful “Dream Text" and Harrell’s Latin burner “Otra." The title track is surreal, opening with snippets of three recordings by astronomers of musical harmonies produced by the magnetic field in the sun’s outer atmosphere. Harrell, always the musical adventurer, takes that atmosphere and runs with it.