REMI HAR­RIS

IN ON THE 2 Yard­bird Arts ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Up­com­ing jazz gui­tarist, Remi Har­ris sure has chops, as his sec­ond al­bum clearly shows. With just acous­tic guitar and up­right bass, he recorded lead parts first then rhythm with bas­sist, Mike Green. An un­usual process but the re­sults sound real and or­ganic with strong in­ter­play. While all 11 tracks are cov­ers, Remi has a lot of per­son­al­ity on his Flyde acous­tic with strums, string bends and crisply-ex­e­cuted runs. Can’t Buy Me Love has an in­fec­tious swing rhythm and Cissy Strut has great rhyth­mic swag­ger; the bluesy bends and twist­ing chro­matic phrases on the lat­ter will surely raise a smile. Dhafer Youssef’s Odd El­egy is exotic both rhyth­mi­cally and har­mon­i­cally; the ex­plo­sive strum­ming and bit­ing melodies grab­bing the at­ten­tion. Closer, Need Your Love So Bad is the only track fea­tur­ing an elec­tric melody. As fa­mous as this blues stan­dard is, Remi breathes new life into it as he stylis­ti­cally strad­dles gyspy swing with a spring re­verb-ef­fected elec­tric that swells, bites and bends with real panache.

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