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Darryl Harper
Stories in Real Time

Bill Milkowski , Jazz Times
May 2010

Philadelphia native Darryl Harper debuts his C3 Project Octet on this provocative chamber-jazz outing. the ensemble consists of four clarinets plus rhythm section, and features vocalist Marianne Solivan, who recites/sings the eccentric verse of Terence Culleton on the six-movement "Saints and Sinners" cycle. The clarinet quartet of Harper, Alec Spiegelman, Kenny Pexton and bass clarinetsit Brian Landrus performs unaccompanied on three tracks--"Magnolia," "Pressing" and the World Sax Quartet-inspired "Suite for Jazz." The individual clarinetists also stretch considerably on the driving "Tore Up," propelled by bassist Matthew Parrish and drummer Harry Reed. Solivan returns for the waltz-time "Bliss," and also turns in some stirring vocals on the gospel tinged "A Prayer."

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