JOEL HAR­RI­SON

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Mother Stump Cu­nei­form

Eclec­tic elec­tric gui­tarist Joel Har­ri­son pays trib­ute to the in­flu­ences that flew at him from ev­ery di­rec­tion in his na­tive Wash­ing­ton DC, a city which, he points out, changes much of its pop­u­la­tion ev­ery four or eight years. Har­ri­son shares with gui­tarists Marc Ri­bot, Nels Cline and Wayne Krantz a sen­si­bil­ity that in some ways is closer to rock or coun­try than jazz. He has al­ready made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the “be­yond jazz” cat­e­gory, in­duct­ing coun­try, blues, blue­grass, Amer­i­cana, rock and psy­chadelia into his sound. As if to prove the point, for this paean to Har­ri­son’s roots the gui­tarist draws on a cred­itably wide va­ri­ety of sources, from Luther Van­dross and Leonard Co­hen to Ge­orge Rus­sell and Paul Mo­tian. joel­har­ri­son.com

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