Billy Harper Quintet

In Europe

Soul Note 121001-2

Item: full_album_8024709060822_CD

Artists :
Billy Harper ( Main Performer )
Everett Hollins ( Trumpet )
Fred Hersch ( Piano )
Horacee Arnold ( Drums )
Louie Spears ( Bass )
Release date
Dec 31, 1979

“The Billy Harper Quintet's In Europe appeared as the first release from the Soul Note label, a co-label of Milan's other avant-garde label, Black Saint, in 1979. In Europe presents Texas-born composer and tenor saxophonist Harper and his quintet, featuring an energetic lineup of musicians including Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louie Spears on bass, and Horacee Arnold on drums. Recorded in Milan at Barigozzi studios, In Europe gives a fine glimpse at the power and intensity of Harper's compositions and his tremendous abilities as an improviser. Harper's gorgeous tone is reminiscent of John Coltrane's, an artist whose spiritual and soulful playing Harper builds off of to shape his own organic style. The three compositions presented on In Europe include some of Harper's best work, notably "Priestess",  with its infectious gospel progression, and the energized and melodic "Calvary".   Highly recommended music for post-bop and free jazz appreciators.”    (Jeff Schwachter, AllMusic)


"Billy Harper has one of the most impressive resumes in jazz, including stints with Gil Evans, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Charles Tolliver and Randy Weston, but it is his unique sound on the tenor and distinctive style as a composer that has brought him international acclaim and truly sets him apart from most other players."    (All About Jazz)