With the recent release of his third CD, Kindred, Stefon once again proves that he always has a new trick in his back pocket. Stefon comments about his releases by says, "I never want to do the same thing twice." "A Cloud of Red Dust" was his first release as a leader. This release won him many accolades from the jazz critics. Furthermore, Stefon continued this forward acceleration on his sophomore release, "Black Action Figure" on Bluenote Records. This release earned Stefon a much deserved Grammy nomination, the Jazz Journalist Associations award, "Best Mallet Player" of 2000 & 2001, JazzTimes’ "Debut Artist of the Year" and Jazziz Magazine Readers’ Poll "Best Vibraphonist for 1999-2000.
The Milwaukee crowd was seeing history in the making with this talented young vibraphonist backed up by some other impressive up and coming players. Stefon’s bandmates included: Xavier Davis on piano, Tarus Mateen on bass, and Terreon Gully on drums. The group approached each set centered around the theme of "improvisation". Stefon started the group out playing a spontaneous solo and would begin to weave and meld this into jazz standards recognized by all. Some of the most memorable tunes played that night were the title track from Stefon’s freshman release, "A Cloud of Red Dust", Gershwin’s "Summertime", an inventive exploration of "There’s No Greater Love", a funky fashioned form of "Blue Monk" and a memorable take on an Xavier Davis original composition, "Tall Strutin’."
With a long, bright and most promising career ahead of him, Stefon Harris is sure to bring delightment as well as a fresh experience to the ears of jazz music fans for many years to come.