„Add Joel Harrison to Metheny and Frisell as guitarist/composers who have created a new blueprint for jazz.“ – New Orleans Times Picayune // ‚“…drags American roots out of the campfire singalong into the solar system.“– Village Voice
„Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison has long been recognized as a highly gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. A survey of Harrison’s body of work would be a bit like spinning a globe and stumbling on regions with names like Duke Ellington, Hendrix, The Beatles, John Mclaughlin, and Charles Ives. Wielding a focused lens and an ever-increasing courage to take risks with his art, Harrison has quickly blossomed from mentorships with Joan Tower, Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos into one of the most respected artists of his generation.“
Guitarist/composer Joel Harrison melds influences from jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music. On ‚Mother Stump‘, Harrison explores his past growing up in 1960’s and 1970’s Washington D.C., with its hugely inclusive and wide-ranging music offerings.
„Unlike a lot of my CDs, the focus here is on my playing and not so much on my writing and arranging. It’s a mixture of jazz, rock, Americana, and soul with tunes by Luther Vandross, Buddy Miller, George Russell, a traditional spiritual, Paul Motian, Leonard Cohen, and a couple of my pieces. It’s a nod to my formative years, my roots as a guitarist in Washington D.C., with six old guitars and two old amps. It’s a lot of history that I’m trying to make new.“ – Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison: guitars
Michael Bates: double bass
Jeremy Clemons: drums
Glenn Patscha: Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer piano (3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
Joel uses the following gear:
1999 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe / 40-year anniversary issue (1, 2)
1960 Fender Telecaster (5, 6)
1960 Epiphone Sorrento (3, 11)
1967 Gibson ES-345 (4, 7, 10)
Jerry Jones Baritone (9)
1930 National Steel „Style O“ (8)
1962 Fender Super and 1958 Fender Bassman
There are no overdubs on this record except a bit of fretless baritone on “Suzanne.”
Joel Harrison Publishing: BMI Pure Land Productions
Photography by Lesley McBurney.
Package design by Amelia Harrington.
Joel Harrison would like to thank Michael Bates for invaluable musical and logistical assistance.
© 2014 Joel Harrison
(p) 2014 Cuneiform Records
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