Beautiful tenor from Jan Harbeck – a musician who's included four Ben Webster
tunes on the album, and who definitely owes a lot to Ben
in his tone! Harbeck's not a slavish Webster
imitator – for one thing, his sense of rhythm and phrasing is very contemporary – yet he's got this warm, raspy charm that really hearkens back to the kind of special touch that Ben
brought to the tenor, as he worked in a generation that really helped transform the way the instrument was used in jazz – to a point where it's now become one of the most soulful means of expression, especially in the hands of a player like Jan! The group features Henrik Gunde on piano, Eske Norrelykke on bass, and either Anders Holm or Morten Aero on drums – and one title features guest alto from Jan Zum Vohrde. Titles include the Harbeck originals "Lighter Shades", "Tangorrus Field", "Blues Crescendo", "Tail That Rhythm", and "Circles" – next to Webster
tunes "Shorty Gull", "I'd Be There", "Poutin", and "Woke Up Clipped".
(Spine has a cutout notch.)