Harvey Wainapel | The Hang

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The Hang

by Harvey Wainapel

Kenny Barron, never less than great; BOTH Grenadier brothers, showing their burning intelligence; Kenny Wollesen, so creative!
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Beautiful Love
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2. The Buzzard /div>
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3. Hadd Apple Beach
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4. Wilpan's
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5. Blues For Sophia
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6. Bueno Y Perfecta
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7. Cta
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8. La Lausanneoise
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10. Choro Da Gafieira
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Album Notes
“one of the most promising and versatile players of his generation.”
––All Music Guide to Jazz, 1998

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced “wine-apple”) has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles and Johnny Coles. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 21 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with masters of the genre such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Filó Machado, Nelson Ayres, Laércio de Freitas and Manfredo Fest.

Wainapel’s CD "The Hang" received a glowing 4-star review from Down Beat magazine, and features pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Larry Grenadier, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and drummer Kenny Wollesen. His previous release, "Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron," was recorded with Holland’s 60-piece Metropole Orchestra. A Jazziz Magazine review of Ambrosia says the CD “offers a better case for concert-hall jazz than many a ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’ affair.” Wainapel’s first release, At Home/On the Road, recorded live on tour in Europe, was described by Cadence as “music that can be played again and again; a clear winner.” A duo CD entitled “New Choros of Brazil,” recorded in Brazil with master guitarist Paulo Bellinati, was released in Europe in 2004 on the Acoustic Music Records label, and in 2005 on the Proteus Entertainment label (Chicago).
His latest two releases, "Amigos Brasileiros" (2007) and "Amigos Brasileiros vol 2" (2014), are the result of years of research conducted while travelling throughout Brazil; each track features a different group of great musicians and a different composer; many rhythms/genres are represented, in modern versions that respect tradition but still look forward...

Saxophone master Joe Lovano says, “Wainapel plays with the performance attitude which for me is what jazz and improvisation is all about. It’s a pleasure to listen to Harvey’s soulful interpretations.” Brazil’s newspaper O Globo, reviewing a live performance in Rio de Janeiro, writes “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.” Japan’s Jazz Life calls Wainapel “a musician with his own unique and deep sound.” A favorite of critics, musicians and fans, Wainapel was nominated for two BAMMY (Bay Area Music) Awards: Outstanding Reed Player and Outstanding Jazz Musician. (The short list of fellow nominees included Joe Henderson, Peter Apfelbaum and Charlie Hunter.)

Originally from upstate New York, Wainapel studied at Berklee College of Music for two years, during which time he recorded (and performed at Carnegie Hall) with vibist Gary Burton. Following a two-month tour of Tunisia, Wainapel settled in Europe for five years, including one year with the German Radio Big Band in Frankfurt. Soon after returning to New York, Wainapel was hired by singer Ray Charles for a ten-month world tour, and then moved to San Francisco. Wainapel has been a key contributor to the Bay Area jazz scene for more than 30 years, as well as maintaining an ongoing international impact.

Although his main activity is performing, Wainapel has been generous in sharing the experience gained in a career spanning nearly thirty years; for fifteen years, beginning in the mid-1980s, he was on the Jazz faculty at Sonoma State University and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and currently continues giving workshops around the world.



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bill dennehy

It is shame that such talent is not recognized more in the jazz world. We're so hip right? We know good music when we hear it. This guy is a major talent. I saw him play with Lovano at a Stanford Jazz Workshop years ago and realized he should be headlining his own gigs all over the place. This album is fantastic. Inventive, soulful and just frigging great. Buy it. If it was an LP it would be all but unplayable by now.
Harvey- why aren't you playing more locally? (in the SF Bay Area).

Eric Muhler - Jazz Pianist and Composer

Incredible tunes and musicianship - World Class!
Listen to Harvey's sax and clarinet playing backed by the best! Flawless, soulful execution, beautifully recorded and produced. Kenny Barron is remarkable as always, but seems to hook up with Harvey's melodies and chord structures perfectly for a remarkable fit. Harvey is well deserving of much wider recognition. I played with him twenty years ago in Quiet Fire and he was a master player back then. Now he has grown into a sophisticated artist and a statesman for meaningful jazz that incorporates beautiful composition, excellent technique, note perfect melodic playing with nothing extraneous and nothing left out, the hardest balancing act of them all! A very beautiful album!