This is a must for hard bop fans, Harrell has come up with the goods on two counts: a fine band (Mark Turner on tenor sax, Charles Altura on guitar, Ben Street on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums) who run hard with the trumpeter; and a bunch of compositions that make sense and provide both a heat and plenty of depth kept taut and true by the great rhythm section. Harrell is an inspiration to many trumpeters out there including the UK talent Reuben Fowler and it is easy to see why. Harrell keeps the formula the same on most of his albums so no one is smashing up the rule book but that formula is one that continues to remain true to his vision and there is a clarity on Infinity that you won’t find on too many records out there. Out now on Highnote records.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson releases Road Runner next month. Check ‘Nothing Less’ from the album above. The cellist/singer says: ‘‘Road Runner’ is my hustle as an artist. An expression of my road, my journey — physically, emotionally and historically. Each song is a memory of what has given me strength to become who I am today, and I hope that the music will ignite something in your soul and encourage you to rise up within yourself and live the life you want to live.”