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Joel Harrison - "Urban Myths"

Joel Harrison – “Urban Myths”

 

Wow! Guitarist Joel Harrison has let it all loose on Urban Myths. The album is an ode to the electric jazz he listened to growing up. Grungy jazz-rock guitar, soaring violin, odd-meters, intricate lines, subversive melodies… they are all here. To be sure Harrison doesn’t always play grungy. He possesses the chops to present straight-ahead jazz, blues and electrified funk with the best of them. At his most effective he captures a sound and style that is somewhere between Jeff Beck and the Armageddon. But Harrison’s impressive compositions and arrangements require a group effort. On Mood Rodeo, Harrison has that futuristic Beck vibe going while saxophonist David Binney swirls his notes into a frenetic vortex. Violinist Christian Howes reminds of Jean Luc Ponty. Keyboardist Daniel Kelly at times sounds like Herbie Hancock’s electric side while bassist Stephan Crump (Mahavishnu Project) can be a throb master. Together this group, and guest stars, has created an album that any kid growing up a fan of fusion music would identify with as an adult. At the same time, the music is fresh, totally modern and helps point the future of fusion in the right direction. – Walter Kolosky

Joel Harrison - "Urban Myths"

Joel Harrison – “Urban Myths”

Personnel: Joel Harrison –guitar; David Binney –also sax; Christian Howes –electric violin; Daniel Kelly –keyboards; Stephan Crump –Bass; Jordon Person –drums also with Fima Ephron –electric bass; Ambrose Akinmusire –trumpet; Corey King –trumpet; Jerome Sabbag –tenor sax

Released 2009

(HighNote Records HCD 7194)

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