Mark Harrison Quintet - Just Add Water

Posted by Randy McElligott on Friday, October 7, 2011 Under: Jazz Reviews
Mark Harrison is a pianist from the United States who is not afraid to chance it with slick arrangements and a solid band to boot.

Just Add Water and you are in for a fascinating excursion into the meaning of what is meant by ensemble playing. What stands out on this track is the way sax player Rossi delivers a gutsy yet smooth solo while never forgetting his sense of rhythmic balance. Billman's simple yet effective solo adds more flavor to the mix. Harrison is happy to oblige with some fine comping carrying the piece to a satisfying ending.

Gentle cymbals and a subtle guitar intro carry us through a steady and relatively mainstream number. Pacific Time showcases the fine talents of guitarist Mark Chosak and Steve Billman. I always find it amazing how one instrument can change the dynamics of a piece and how the melody developes. One only has to listen to classic Miles Davis to understand the magic that can happen when the music is just allowd to "happen".

It's one thing to listen to Harrison in a group setting but listening to the delicate intro to Conundrum we are able to hear a softer more inviting side to his playing. Rossi is first up with a tasty solo that captures the mood perfectly.

Mark Harrison's recordings have never disappointed. Just Add Water is a welcome addition to a growing discography from one of America's most talented and lyrical pianists.
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