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Harrison, Joel / Urban Myths
Album:Urban Myths Collection:Jazz
Artist:Harrison, Joel Added:06/2009
Label:Highnote 

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Add Date:2009-08-30 Pull Date:2009-11-01 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-08-29 
JOEL HARRISON: Urban Myths
HighNote, 2009

MODERN JAZZ – Forward-thinking guitarist Harrison looks back to the world of 1970s electric fusion -- as he says, “that playground where jazz, funk, rock and blues are one.” The tunes here fit that description, but avoid flash and glam stereotypes, instead updating and expanding the textures, rhythms and colliding strains that made fusion innovative and exciting in the first place. Off-center harmonies hang from catchy circular frameworks, as his quirky electro-acoustic band explores the space within and beyond the grooves. Good stuff.

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8

1. 6:35 – uptempo pulse, soaring theme: angular violin; sax arcs, loops, blazes
2. 6:06 – sneaky midtempo groove: spacey keyboard, dirty rockin’ guitar
3. 11:18 – brooding, sinister pulse warped by tempo shifts and oblique harmonies; guitar sneers and sings, sax puzzles and spins
4. 7:58 – shuffling ballad: a quiet country feel gives way to hot bluesy soul
5. 6:19 – funkified deconstruction of a Monk tune: darting, skittering, elusive
6. 8:43 – modular, episodic: rising theme, pretty piano, lyrical sax, spins down
7. 5:00 – upbeat funky strut gets thoughtful w/violin solo, then flies into space
8. 3:35 – uptempo punk-jazz romp: doesn’t go as far as it could, but it’s fun

[ Fo ] 08/29/09

Track Listing
1.You Must Go Through A Winter 5.Straight No Chaser (Variations)
2.125 And Lenox 6.Between The Traveler And The Setting Sun
3.Mood Rodeo 7.Urban Myths
4.Last Waltz For Queva 8.High Expectation Low Return