Harvie S & Urban Earth

It's About Time

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For this obscure effort made for the now-defunct Gaia label, bassist Harvie Swartz uses a smaller group than usual, a quartet also including Billy Drewes on soprano and tenor, guitarist Jay Azzolina and drummer Yves Gerard; Harris Simon makes a guest appearance on harmonica and keyboards. The music (five Swartz tunes and one by Drewes) is less memorable than one might hope, and the solos, though fine, are not particularly colorful. The best selection is actually "Poem for a Flower," a number on which Swartz switches to piano. The post-bop music is certainly listenable, but little of any real significance occurs.

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