Hard Times Hard Times
- Master saxophonist Vincent Herring supplies the perfect musical response to our troubled existence – part escape, part defiance; part lament, part laughter. Over the course of these 11 songs, Herring and his stellar band both sing the blues and shake them off in ways both healing and infectious.
- After 20+ recordings, Hard Times is Herring's first to feature an expanded ensemble. Starting with an all-star core quartet of Cyrus Chestnut, Yasushi Nakamura, and Carl Allen, Herring adds a horn section that includes Steve Turre and two special guests: guitar great Russell Malone and renowned vocalist Nicolas Bearde.
- Herring says: “All through my life, whenever I’ve had ups and downs, music has been the one thing that’s always kept it positive for me. It’s always been something that I could come back to and dig into to lift my spirits. This record is meant to be fun, it’s meant to be uplifting, it’s meant to be something that people will want to listen to over and over again.”
Saxophonist Vincent Herring’s intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times.
The stylistically varied album reflects Herring’s wide-ranging career since arriving in NYC in the early ‘80s. In addition to releasing more than 20 albums under his own name, the versatile saxophonist has played and recorded with a long list of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, The Mingus Big Band (with whom he won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor and Carla Bley, among others. Heavily influenced by Cannonball Adderley, Herring forged a 9-year musical relationship with the iconic saxophonist’s brother, Nat Adderley, and collaborated with Louis Hayes to form the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. His longest musical relationship was with pianist Cedar Walton, with whom he worked for more than 20 years.
He has also appeared on stage and or recordings with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band (Won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Mike LeDonne, Carl Allen, Ron McClure, and John Hicks among others. His extensive guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.
He tours frequently with his wide ranging and versatile projects around the in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and around the world and continues to share his distinct voice and musical knowledge, as a performer and jazz educator. Herring is currently on staff at William Paterson University and at Manhattan School of Music.
1. Hard Work
2. Use Me
4. Hard Times
5. Embraceable You
6. Eastern Joy Dance
7. The Sun Will Rise Again
8. PIccadilly Square
9. Good Morning Heartache
10. Amsterdam After Dark
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