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Calls For Action

by Harish Raghavan

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Intro 01:21
Newe 03:42
Los Angeles 05:33
Sangeet 04:50
Caged 00:51
Seaminer 09:56
The Meters 04:06
Shift 08:34
Lunatico 05:16
Junior 05:18
Seven 06:09
AS 02:46



Harish Raghavan - double bass
Joel Ross - vibraphone
Kweku Sumbry - drums
Micah Thomas - piano
Immanuel Wilkins - alto saxophone


Recorded at Brooklyn Recording (December 15 2017)
Engineer - Joe Blaney
Mixed by Andy Taub
Mastered by Dave Darlington
Produced by Walter Smith III
Executive Producer - Michael Janisch
Photography - Emra Islek
Album Artwork - Dave Bush


released November 8, 2019


Double bassist Harish Raghavan’s debut album as leader, Calls for Action, delivers the fundamental essence of jazz as a progressive, evolutionary art form.

Since arriving to New York from Illinois by way of California in 2007, Raghavan has recorded and toured with numerous artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Charles Lloyd, Walter Smith III, Logan Richardson and Eric Harland. But he has also seized the opportunity to work with an influx of bright new stars, resulting in this markedly lithe quintet with alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Micah Thomas, vibraphonist Joel Ross and drummer Kweku Sumbry.

“I had been wanting to record for quite some time when I met the guys through working on Joel Ross’ album”, explains Raghavan. “They had such a great rapport with each other and myself, it felt like a match. Then we had the luxury of playing together for a year to develop and build the repertoire.”

Their connection is tangible across this program of originals. “Once tunes became second nature, we could deconstruct them. Much of the music comes from my own improvisations on bass, expanded to a quintet format. The album title alludes to that evolution: a wake up call. Like a tune where each section changes and dramatically shifts the energy of the piece. In recording, I wanted to capture the energy of the band playing live.”

Following his bass intro, Raghavan’s first four tracks represent a suite unto itself, and the earliest material written for the quintet. Feel the pulsating momentum of ‘Newe’, where shared alto saxophone and vibraphone lines sparkle over the leader’s bass-led melody and relish ‘Sangeet’, conjuring the euphoria of his recent wedding. ‘Los Angeles’ evokes a cityscape’s afterglow with elegant, sustained phrases and percussive flair; and yearning ‘I’ll Go and Come Back’ (a loose translation of ‘Goodbye’ from Raghavan’s parents’ mother tongue of Tamil) references his thoughts on an older generation moving on.

Stark, monochrome image ‘Three Generations of Welsh Miners’, by American photojournalist W Eugene Smith, provided inspiration for breathless, even explosive ‘Seaminer’. Phosphorescent ‘Shift’ represents changes, how any idea can shift momentum, here represented by a morphing Ostinato and interlude where the melody and rhythm section take turns leading the development until the final repeated phrase. Solidly-trodden ‘Lunatico’ captures the moment when a new neighbourhood starts to feel like home. ‘Junior’ was written for the young bandmates. Shimmering ‘Calls for Action’ is dedicated to the Art Ensemble of Chicago; and closing bass miniature ‘AS’ features a delightful self-accompanied motif. Originally ‘AAS’, “An American Song” is a reflection of growing up in the United States as a person who does not look “American”. The piece is dedicated to his nephews and niece, who face a similar experience in a different world.

“I tried to create pieces that would allow the band to explore as a whole but also allow the members total freedom to interpret,” explains Raghavan. The vitality of Calls for Action is unquestionably testament to all that.


"Superb contributions all round that offer as much a collective dialogue as a solo platform... It's one of the strongest bassist-led debuts for some time."
★★★★ Jazzwise Magazine (Editor's Choice)

"A strong, powerful debut from Raghavan. The quintet fully explore the bassist’s compositions with style, exuberance and panache. Original and daring, there’s so much promise."
★★★★ UK Vibe

"Raghavan's playing is deep - in all senses of the word. It is a complex record that squeezes every drop of raw talent from his young quintet without flashy showmanship."
DownBeat Magazine

"A remarkable debut album"
All About Jazz

"Harish Raghavan's debut album delivers the fundamental essence of jazz as a progressive, evolutionary art form."
Drumhead Magazine

"Harish Raghavan may have been quite patient in waiting to record as a leader but the wait was well worth it."
Step Tempest

"Combines a number of divers elements and approaches to form a coherent entity that melds improvisation and composition in a unique fashion."
All About Jazz

"One of the most exciting young bassists in jazz."

"Three of the best instrumentalists of their generation on Raghavan’s debut as leader."
Jazz News

"Bristling with spontaneity and played with unmistakable conviction, Calls For Action is an assured statement by a young artist in the ascendant."
Jazz Journal 

"Calls For Action is a stately triumph of deep bass, shimmering vibes and clear-toned sax developing into a dizzyingly virtuosic ensemble."
Sussex Jazz Magazine

"Raghavan’s music produces an indomitable energy."

"The tunes have a knotty, immersive feel and there is a strong pulse and sense of narrative throughout."


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