Ghosts

Tom Harrell at Kilbourn Hall

Tom Harrell held the same position all night, just raising and lowering his arms.

sketch by Scott Regan

Tom Harrell slowly walked from stage right. Standing just off center stage in Kilbourn Hall. One movement wove into the next in short, deliberate steps. Long, crumpled coat, raised, and lowered, arms guiding the seven piece chamber ensemble through jazz interpretations of works by Debussy and Ravel. Some familiar moments, some familiar instruments in an unknown song. Like ghosts in the trees. He never turned. I watched his back all night. A study in restraint.´╗┐