Number Five (album)

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Number Five
Studio album by Tom Harrell
Released May 22, 2012
Recorded December 30, 2011
Genre Post bop
Length 59:07
Label High Note
Producer Tom Harrell, Wayne Escoffery, Angela Harrell
Tom Harrell chronology
The Time of the Sun
(2011)The Time of the Sun2011
Number Five
Colors of a Dream
(2013)Colors of a Dream2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Number Five is a studio album by jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Tom Harrell, released in May 2012 by HighNote.


This is the fifth album by Harrell's Quintet, which includes Wayne Escoffery on sax, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums.[1] Four tracks feature the full quintet. The other tracks feature arrangements in quartet, trio and duo, and on two tracks Harrell performs solo. This is a departure from Harrell's previous four albums in which 35 of the total 36 tracks featured the full quintet. Four tracks were recorded with no prior rehearsal – exhibiting the confidence and tightness of the group.[2]


JazzTimes noted the group's chemistry and called the album "the most adventurous and eclectic of the five he's done for HighNote."[3] AllMusic stated that Harrell "continues to surprise" with this album.[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."Blue 'n' Boogie"Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli4:20
2."Right as Rain"Tom Harrell3:20
3."No. 5"Tom Harrell8:24
4."Journey to the Stars"Tom Harrell6:34
5."GT"Tom Harrell8:55
6."Present"Tom Harrell6:44
7."Star Eyes"Gene de Paul5:28
8."Preludium"Tom Harrell4:07
9."The Question"Tom Harrell3:09
10."Melody in B-Flat"Tom Harrell4:06
11."A Blue Time"Tadd Dameron[3]4:00


Credits adapted from AllMusic.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Allmusic: Tom Harrell - Number Five - review". Archived from the original on August 4, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tom Harrell – Number Five – High Note". Audiophile Audition. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tom Harrell – Number Five". JazzTimes. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Allmusic: Tom Harrell - Number Five - credits". Archived from the original on August 4, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.