Winard Harper and Jeli Posse COEXIST

Winard Harper - Drums, Percussion
Bruce Harris - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Jovan Alexandre - Tenor Sax
Michael Dease - Trombone
Roy Assaf - Piano
Stephen Porter - Bass
Abdou Mboup - Percussion, Bongos
Alioune Faye - Percussion & Djembe
Jean Marie - Percussion

Frank Wess
Mark Gross
Sharel Cassity
Tadataka Unno
John Lee

Produced by: John Lee
Executive Producer: Lisa Broderick

Release: 2013
Price: $10.00

COEXIST. "Everything builds on what is around as the values and traditions are passed down. From the African roots to today, many ingredients have been thrown into the pot...that includes the ground laid by the medicine men and messengers before us. Coexist speaks to these complex economic and social times. Tracks like 'Ummah' ("Community") and 'Amazing Grace' highlight the communal and the spiritual, " says Harper. (The hymn "Amazing Grace" was written by John Newton, a British slave-trader that underwent a religious conversion and sought Forgiveness for previous deeds.) For the past couple of decades, many jazz performers talk about "the tradition" and idealize what has been—Winard Harper knows the tradition is about learning from the past, living in the present, and reaching to the future.