NEA Jazz Master Big Chief Donald Harrison's recording "Congo Square Suite," Movements I, II, and III, is his music and cultural perspective placed into a classical orchestral, tribal, and jazz paradigm. These elements include over forty years of working with hundreds of master innovators from every jazz era, many other African diaspora music styles, and European classical music. "Congo Square Suite" is a unique idea of epic musical proportions. It marks the only recording that combines an artist's life experiences as an Afro-New Orleans Big Chief and master musician to compose, orchestrate, perform on, and produce. Its concept of music as a series of multiverses containing the same elements was the natural evolution for this artist. Harrison furthered this idea when he saw correlations between music and quantum theory. With "Congo Square Suite," Harrison shows that his talent, experiences, and quantum realizations are the keys to understanding his intrinsic portals.
released April 28, 2023
Donald Harrison, alto saxophone
Max Moran, acoustic bass
Joe Dyson, drums
Zaccai Curtis, piano
The Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group
Recorded by Misha Kashkackivili at Mosfilm in Moscow & Espilanade Studios, New Orleans
Mixed by Tim Stambaugh at Word of Mouth in New Orleans
Mastered by Will Sterling
Composed and Orchestrated by Donald Harrison Jr.
Produced by Donald Harrison Jr.
Executive Producer: Donald Harrison
Assosiate Producer: Zaccai Curtis
Photographs by Bennie