Remi Har­ris


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Big Bear Records

Like many young­sters Remi was in a rock band dur­ing and af­ter leav­ing school. His fa­ther was a gui­tarist and Remi grew up to the sounds of Led Zep­pelin, Clap­ton and Hen­drix but his grand­fa­ther in­tro­duced him to Django Rein­hardt and Char­lie Parker. The rock band did well enough but Remi be­came in­creas­ingly more in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing the finer el­e­ments of gypsy jazz so now plays in a trio of two gui­tars and up­right bass. This is true jazz yet it has a de­light­fully re­fresh­ing ap­proach that brings a smile to the face while the ears are amazed at what they are re­ceiv­ing. It def­i­nitely has rock in­flu­ences too, like the open­ing to Joseph Joseph which bor­rows a bit from Hen­drix be­fore slip­ping com­fort­ably back into swing jazz - there’s a great ver­sion of Lady Madonna too. The stan­dard of play­ing is stun­ning but for a taster try Rein­hardt’s Mon­tagne Sain­teGenevieve which should get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

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