Joel Harrison

HighNote HCD 7348
Joel Harrison
Anthem of Unity

Guitarist Joel Harrison's 25th CD, Anthem of Unity, brings together a once-in-a-lifetime ensemble that showcases his most pointed and focused work as a jazz musician yet. The team of Gary Versace, with his virtuosic and soul-drenched B-3 organ, Greg Tardy, one of our finest jazz woodwind players, and the legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette, exhibits extraordinary musicianship in a program of six Harrison originals, Sonny Rollins' “Doxy,” and Bob Dylan's “The Times They Are A-Changin'.” Tardy shows the range of his considerable abilities here, developing interesting ideas and phrases throughout his many solos. Versace has been about everywhere at this point, with giants such as Maria Schneider, the late John Abercrombie, Kurt Elling, Al Foster, and he anchors the bottom end on the Hammond as DeJohnette continually ignites the band. This is a blowing session, at times tender and at times volcanic, whose interplay and organic, visceral power is palpable from the first to last tune.

JOEL HARRISON, guitar • Gary Versace, Hammond B-3 organ, piano (track 3 only) • Gregory Tardy, tenor saxophone, clarinet (track 6 only) • Jack DeJohnette, drums

TRACKS: Anthem of Unity • Survival Instinct • The Times They Are A-Changin’ • Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday • Doxy • Migratory Birds • Parvati • Mohawk Valley Peace Dance

 Today Is Tomorrow’s Yesterday

 The Times They Are A-Changin’


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