There is no greater challenge for an established artist than to keep growing and exploring. At the height of his powers, Harvie S, is doing just that.
An ambassador of the bass, Harvie has a long history of accomplishment as a bandleader/ composer/arranger/producer et al.... let alone appearing as a sideman on over 350 albums with some of the best artists in the who’s who of jazz. With a list of thirteen CDs under his own tutelage, Harvie’s newest and 14th release, Cocolamus Bridge, proves to the listener that he brings a wealth of experience to his writing and performance, and can be included in the aforementioned who’s who.
Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Beatrice, Harvie’s new Cocolamus Bridge is an enlightening listen start to finish. His original compositions are all things vibrant, energizing, warm, reflective, pensive...a study in concentration and delivery.
It’s always engaging to hear an artist perform his own work, integrating his statements into his group, soloing his messages of emotion, all the while allowing his own band members the freedom to embrace his creativity and share the spotlight.
All compositions are original, except for one Wayne Shorter’s "Night Dreamer," which accomplishes a delightful bridge between the upbeat and jazzy Cuban offering of "Coco Loco" (Harvie’s dog) and "To Bea" (his mother), a smoothly loving and dreamy samba.
Although Harvie’s heart is dear to the rhythms of Latin/Afro Cubanism, he just may well surprise you with a solo masterpiece of expertise on his arrangement of a traditional Irish folk song, "Eili Gheal Chiuin," which opens the CD. It is here upon this magnificent introduction, you will come to realize the breath and depth of Harvie’s amazing talent on the bass. Other originals on this CD I will leave comment to surprise you with.... .a simply rare treat and A-1 CD all the way through.