website for more info, and many of his classic recordings are on itunes;"Live in Europe" is available-that was one which I borrowed from my best friend and never returned(sorry, David...). It features a young Fred Hersch on piano as well as another under-known drummer, Horacee Arnold.
I was fortunate to perform with Harper one weekend at the Iridium a few years ago with David Weiss' band; Harper was a special guest, along with trumpet great Charles Tolliver. It was amazing to get to play "Priestess" and "Capra Black" with the composer himself. And Harper's sound is big on recordings, but up close, it's really staggering how intense his sound is.
Many tenor players "in the know" will admit that Gary Thomas is one of the true innovators on the tenor saxophone. Unfortunately, Thomas has been mostly teaching for the past 10 years, and hasn't recorded as a leader since 1998(to my knowledge). Thomas' music has been a big influence on my writing and playing, and I was fortunate to do some of my first touring with his bands. Thomas' albums which I would recommend would include "Seventh Quadrant", "Code Violations", "By Any Means Necessary","While The Gate Is Open", "The Kold Kage", "Exile's Gate", Found On Sordid Streets", and "Pariah's Pariah". (That's just off the top of my head.)
Scheps was in town to play a few local gigs and record a big band album. I played with his quintet, which featured the great Greg Gisbert on trumpet, Scott Steed on bass, and Todd Strait on drums. It was a real "New York Gig Experience" in Portland. The music was on a higher level than many of my students had ever heard. Scheps and Gisbert also came by PSU and gave a very informative clinic. I need to get my chops back up just in case Scheps calls me the next time he's in town!