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Harper, Winard and Keli Posse, Coexist

With trumpeter-brother Philip, Winard Harper co-led the Harper Brothers, one of the most successful—artistically and popularity-wise—straight-ahead, jazz bands from 1988 through to its 1993 dissolution. Like Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers before them, the Harper Brothers were a great incubator of talent, with such players as Stephen Scott, Javon Jackson, and Walter Blanding passing through the ranks. As all good things must, the Harper Brothers' band came to a parting of the ways, laying the groundwork (not so ironically) to even better things. 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 sought Forgiveness.)