Harris' 1998 debut recording on the Blue Note label, A Cloud of Red Dust, won high acclaim, and his 1999 follow-up, Black Action Figure, won spots on numerous best-of lists. But to really appreciate Harris, you've got to catch him in performance.
If you're fascinated by the coordination and dexterity displayed by top-notch vibes players such as Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson, you'll discover that seeing Harris perform live is a revelation. Last year at the Newport Jazz Festival, Harris appeared onstage with vibes and marimbas set up in a V formation -- and proceeded to blow away the crowd by playing them both in turn and in combination. At times, his hands were a blur as he pounded out notes and chords with uncanny precision.
Harris was in St. Louis in March 1999, appearing at the Delmar Restaurant & Lounge as part of a tour of Blue Note recording artists that also featured Greg Osby, Mark Shim and Jason Moran. But these Jazz at the Bistro shows are Harris' St. Louis debut as a leader. Working with an outstanding backing group of Xavier Davis on piano, Tarus Mateen on bass and drummer Terreon Gully, Harris should put on quite a show -- musically and visually. Highly recommended.