Gary Giddins
February 15, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

In Passing

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jerome Harris
Producers
Muse
genre
Reissues, Jazz

We gave it a B+

After more than a decade playing guitar and occasional bass with Sonny Rollins, Harris was overdue for an album of his own. His maiden voyage isn’t what you’d expect, but In Passing is a wily triumph all the same. Harris left his guitar at home, limiting him to supple electronic bass lines that spur vibist Jay Hoggard, trombonist Clifton Anderson, and especially saxophonist and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, who produced the session and who demonstrates lyricism on ”Embrace” and adventurousness on ”Turn Again.” Harris’ originals tend to sound alike and his guitar is missed, but track by track this is a savvy and spirited set by some exceptionally versatile players. B+

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