Clarinetist Darryl Harper, Chair of the Department of Music, has released his cleverly lyrical, intimate new album, “The Edenfred Files” on Hipnotic Records. “The Edenfred Files” was the #2 jazz add on the CMJ charts.
“Harper pushes post-bop into a territory that is inventive, but clear and accessible… …a marvel of studied moderation” – Tom Hull, The Village Voice
“Harper…has effectively staked his claim as a clarinet modernist.” - David Adler, New Music Box
“Plenty of crisp, tasteful post-bop interplay…… an introspective tone that charms the ear as much as the exotic timbres do.”– Lee Gardner, Baltimore City Paper
“Harper’s writing is…richly melodic and…refreshingly inventive.” – Geoff Himes, The Jeffersonian
One of the jazz world’s most diverse, individualistic voices on the clarinet, Darryl Harper spent two years as a member of the Regina Carter Quintet and has played with Orrin Evans, Dave Holland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roscoe Mitchell, Freddie Bryant, Tim Warfield, Carla Cook and Uri Caine. As a bandleader, Harper has often recorded and performed in unorthodox lineups ranging from duo collaborations, to his four-clarinet octet, the C3 Project, to more standard combos including his critically acclaimed postbop group the Onus Trio. The Edenfred Files takes its title from a particularly fertile period of composing at a Wisconsin artists’ retreat where Harper was invited in 2009. Joining Harper on this spare, intimate, richly melodic collection are his longtime Onus Trio bandmates, bassist Matthew Parrish and drummer Harry “Butch” Reed in addition to pianist Kevin Harris.