CD Free Country [Joel Harrison (Guitar)] [614427941923] (CD 1151242), Audio Other
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Free Country [Joel Harrison (Guitar)] [614427941923]

  • 1. I Walk the Line
    2. Lonesome Road Blues
    3. Wayfaring Stranger
    4. This Land Is Your Land
    5. Twelve Gates to the City
    6. Tennessee Waltz
    7. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia
    8. Folsom Prison Blues
    9. Tender Years
    10. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
    11. Sing Me Back Home
    12. Lone Pilgrim
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9419

  • Credits
    ProducerJoel Harrison
    EngineerJohn Rosenburg

    Personnel: Joel Harrison (vocals, electric guitar, steel guitar); Jen Chapin, Norah Jones (vocals); David Binney (saxophone); Tony Cedras (accordion);
    Rob Thomas (violin); Uri Caine (piano); Rob Burger (keyboards); Stephan Crump, Sean Conly (bass); Alison Miller, Dan Weiss (drums); Todd Isler (percussion).
    Includes liner notes by Joel Harrison.
    This is certainly an intriguing release. Guitarist Joel Harrison recorded a dozen songs associated with country music, some of them quite traditional, but he recast them in surprising ways, making the CD title of Free Country fit quite well. Sometimes his steel guitar pays respect to the melodies and at other times he freaks out a bit on his electric guitar. None of the vocalists are that outstanding, and an instrumental "This Land Is Your Land" receives a surprisingly downbeat rendition. Norah Jones sings "I Walk The Line" and "Tennessee Waltz" quite straight, showing that she is more comfortable in country music than in jazz, but making one wonder how she created such a big stir in 2003. However, Dave Binney's alto playing is a major asset on some of the more adventurous interpretations, and violinist Rob Thomas, pianist Uri Caine, and Tony Cedras on accordion add to the changing atmospheres of this strange but consistently colorful set. Well worth checking out for listeners with extremely open minds. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (2/04, p.123) - "[S]ometimes it gets as busy as a barnyard hoedown....They always keep the Appalachian flavor intact."
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