Donald Harrison / Terence Blanchard

Crystal Stair

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The fourth of five albums co-led by trumpeter Terence Blanchard and altoist Donald Harrison, this quintet session (with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Carl Allen) has seven originals by the co-leaders plus "God Bless the Child" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise." Although an outgrowth of Art Blakey and hard bop, the stimulating music contains more than its share of surprises and chancetaking, stretching the boundaries of the mainstream a bit.