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Harrison, Joel / Wheel, The
Album:Wheel, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Harrison, Joel Added:07/2008
Label:Innova Recordings 

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Add Date:2008-08-03 Pull Date:2008-10-05 Charts:Jazz
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Reviewed 2008-08-03 
JOEL HARRISON: The Wheel
Innova, 2008
JAZZ/CLASSICAL – Stunning suite for double-quartet (three violins + cello on the one hand, a jazz quartet on the other) and Harrison’s own moody guitar. This is an excellent merging of modern jazz and modern classical music, with dynamite improvisational energy surging within intricately layered structures, while also incorporating heavy doses of Appalachian and even African music. Just awesome. Highly recommended!

energetic: 1, 5 / jazzy: 2, 3 / emotive: 4, 6

1. 6:07 – slow strings, then a bustling Appalachian sound with layers of rhythm
2. 7:02 – slow intro, then thoughtful African sound on an intricate 5-beat cycle, switches to straight jazz midway through, drifts back gradually
3. 9:39 – strong pulse, elaborate harmony: rises, then plateaus for sax solo; breaks down for complex string interaction. Liner notes mention Messiaen and Weather Report… yep, that’s about right!
4. 7:47 – elegiac intro, then slow, simple, emotionally rich with surging strings
5. 7:33 – speedy, bursting with energy, incredibly dense at times, exhausting
6. 8:09 – tragic intro, heavy strings slowly rising, then gritty soaring guitar

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