Josef Woodard
May 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Trumpeter Harrell is mainstream without being derivative or nostalgic, and this artful duality is front and center on his varied, quietly brilliant live record. From the Euro-exotic ”Where the Rain Begins” to the ethereal ”Manhattan, 3 AM,” Harrell and cohorts bring crackling vitality and lived-in wisdom to the table.

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