Joel Harrison w Brian Blade, Chris Tordini & Jon Cowherd!
Brooklyn-based guitarist Joel Harrison's new recording, Angel Band, is the third CD in a series where Country and Appalachian music is recast in a modern jazz context.In 2003 and 2004 Harrison recorded Free Country and So Long Second Street on the ACT label. These recordings, which featured Norah Jones, David Binney and others, seemed to defy any effort at categorization, marking Harrison as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. They were widely honored and many listeners wondered if Harrison would ever play this music again. He now revisits this concept with Angel Band, diverse and imaginative arrangements of timeless tunes by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Olabelle Reed, Johnny Cash, and more. Each song bears a unique imprint, where Country, African rhythms, R&B, avant garde, rock and psychedelia all conjoin.
Brooklyn- based Joel Harrison is one of the first artists to have worked towards bridging the worlds of jazz, classical, Americana, and music from India and Africa. Born in Washington D.C. the guitarist, composer, arranger, lyricist, vocalist and songwriter began his search for new sounds in the early 1980's with stints in Boston and the Bay Area. Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Harrison has long been recognized as a risk taker, someone who never stands still. He has released 20 CDs under his own name since 1994.
"Protean...brilliant" NY Times