Wilbur Hardin

Jazz Trumpet

Born: Birmingham, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



Wilbur Harden (December 31, 1924, Birmingham, Alabama - 1969) was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer. [1]

Harden is most known for his recordings with saxophonists Yusef Lateef and John Coltrane, and also with trombonist Curtis Fuller. One of the first jazz trumpeters to double on flugelhorn, Harden started playing less frequently due to illness.

He is a 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.



As leader

Countdown (1958; Savoy Records)

The King and I (1958; Savoy Records)

Mainstream (1958; Savoy Records)

Jazz Way Out (1958; Savoy Records)

Africa (1958; Savoy Records)

Tanganyika (1958; Savoy Records)

As sideman

With John Coltrane

Gold Coast (1958; Savoy Records)

Stardust (1958; Prestige Records)

Standard Coltrane (1958; Savoy Records)

The Master (Prestige Records)

Bahia (Prestige Records)

With Curtis Fuller

Images of Curtis Fuller (1960; Savoy Records)

With Yusef Lateef

Jazz And The Sounds Of Nature (Savoy Records)

Gong! (Savoy Records)

Prayer To The East (Savoy Records)

The Sounds Of Yusef (Prestige Records)

Other Sounds (New Jazz)


1^ Allmusic biography

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbur_Harden



Jazz Way Out

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Way-Out-Wilbur-Harden/dp/B000AHQF8O

Fearless Leader

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-Leader/dp/B000VCFPQ6


Review of Fearless Leader (Audio CD)

John Coltrane is one of the most revered figures in jazz. Almost forty years after his death at the age of 40, his legacy transcends the genre and continues to grow. As a result his discography as both a leader and sideman has been scrutinized and commercialized like few others except for perhaps Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.

The recently released six-CD set "Fearless Leader" on Prestige, gathers nine sessions recorded between May 31, 1957 and December 26, 1958. From these sessions the label fashioned a total of eleven LPs, including his first as a leader, the aptly titled "Coltrane."

The saxophonist's tenure at Prestige was also the subject of a recently discontinued 16-CD set that included everything except his work with Miles Davis' quintet. Whereas that set was clearly geared towards the completist, "Fearless Leader" is sure to have a much broader appeal, not just from a price standpoint. The benefit of a narrower scope enables the set to paint a much more concise, almost linear portrait of Coltrane's first phase of artistic and instrumental development.

Presenting the tunes in chronological order, the programming of the original LPs is sacrificed. However, the accompanying 60-page booklet includes photos of the original LP art and essays about each. It also cross-references the discs and tracks so that listeners can replicate the original LP sequences.

Comprised of ballads, blues, and the post-bop which defined the era, Coltrane's instrumental ferocity which ultimately manifested itself in his "sheets of sound" style moves to the fore. Cast in group settings that range from a pianoless trio to sextet, roughly half of the tunes find Coltrane at the helm of a quintet with a trumpet sharing duty on the front-line. Here we hear him mix it up with a young Freddie Hubbard on three ballads, Donald Byrd on eight tunes, and the lesser known and underrated Wilbur Hardin and Johhny Splawn on eight and four tracks respectively.

Those not familiar with this somewhat "overlooked" period will find "Fearless Leader" an excellent means for becoming better versed in what preceded Coltrane's subsequent and more celebrated Atlantic and Impulse affiliations.

Two additional Prestige Coltrane boxes are slated for future release. One will focus on his work as a sideman, while the other will cull the numerous all-star blowing sessions in which he participated. by James Lamperetta (Upstate, NY)











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