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Nate Harasim — Rush

Feb. 3, 2011

Amazing, isn’t it? Even though this pianist/keyboardist has been playing for over 20 years, it feels as though Nate Harasim just arrived in a chariot of thunder and lightning. Well, since 2007, he kinda has.  There’s been a lot of joyous grooves and funk since his emergence on the smooth jazz circuit.

While I wasn’t clued in to this cat’s talent’s from the rollout of his debut, I was quickly on board with Love’s Taken Over and have been riding along ever since, truly caught up in the vibes of his projects which have even included such fine collaborations with saxman Darren Rahn and sweet vocalist Deborah Connors as the group De Nate (waiting for another from them, by the way!).
 
Now, we have Rush, Harasim’s latest, a nice collection of attitude and charm all rolled compactly into a scintillating moving thing with everything:  spirit, energy, adventure, technical wherewithal, some cool effects with the voicemail thing (gotta listen to get that), guest spots (Cindy Bradley, Maxine Hardcastle, and Steve Oliver stop through) and that something we all call “it.” The CD’s name says it all as it does provide just that.

The opening track brings the momentum, and various tracks, including “Why Don’t You,” with Darren Rahn’s and Cindy Bradley’s outrageous horn arrangements and the “voicemail thing” featuring Mel Brown, Darren Rahn, and Cindy Bradley keep it rolling. Nice, raw and just there.

The sweet vocals of Maxine Hardcastle are certainly not hard to identify as she serenades us through “Different Kind of Love.” Hey, and let’s not omit the Latin groove, as Harasim does a hot number with “The Day After Tomorrow.” Ay, mami, bailamos!Complete package? You’ve got it. Harasim proves again that his formula is a great one for moving the groove forward, always forward. You’ve gotta like that. I do. – Ronald Jackson