Cornerstone – Harris Simon
An impressionistic ballad with intricate harmonies that are always on the move.
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- Recording: Harris Simon - Tuesday Night At Cary Street
- Recorded on: May 25, 1999
- Label: Harris Simon (HSCN 62391)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Piano - Harris Simon
- Bass - Randall Pharr
- Drums - Steve Lett
The changes are quite intricate with a wide variety of chord qualities, as they are on several other Harris Simon compositions. The first measure and last phrase of the head land on sus chords (E7sus and G7sus respectively). There are almost no major chords in this song, but a few maj7♯5 chords that mostly appear in passing, especially within stepwise descending series of chords. These series generally have one chord on each beat. The Latin double-time section at the beginning of B uses a pedal point. The chord in the last measure of the form—not played in the out head—is an unusual Em7/F. This chord can be interpreted as Fmaj7♭5 with a 6th and 9th but no 3rd; it's quite subtle in context as the entire voicing and root are a step down from the preceding G7sus (with a 9th and 13th).
Cornerstone comes right out with an emotional weight that has a deep immediate impact during the listening experience. It juxtaposes a profound melodic boldness with a playful development that continues to capture the same emotional sentiments using lively rhythms and melody. There is a soulful arc throughout the piece that conjures different feelings and ideas throughout, making the piece's essence very true to life in this way.
Trumpeter Bill Brown recorded Cornerstone the following year ("Solar Connection" 2000), with Harris on piano, Elias Bailey on bass, and Howard Curtis on drums: CLIP
born on August 3, 1956
Harris Simon is an American jazz pianist. A native of Queens, New York, Simon was first exposed to jazz at jam sessions in the local clubs in the Jamaica neighborhood. He would sit in on piano and harmonica, surrounded by the likes of bassist Marcus Miller, Tom Brown, and drummers Roy Haynes and Lenny White. Simon found work with saxophonist Sonny Fortune's band for a number of years, touring frequently and playing notable sets at the Village Vanguard in New York and at the Newport Jazz Festival. Read more...