Various Artists

Free Country - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9419-2
  • Barcode: 6 14427 94192 3
  • German Release: 01/05/2003
  • Genre: Guitar Jazz, US-Jazz

"Songs für die Seele"

Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2/2003

No longer available – out of print

Free Country is a collection of old American Country and Appalachian tunes arranged in unusual, sometimes radical, ways. Simply put, this body of work is my sonic view of the experiment known as America- not the billboard, but the underbelly. I love these songs, their pathos, economy, magisterial beauty, sly wisdom, and deep soul. I have tried to be true to their timeless, primal spirit, while illuminating their essence with my own imprint, using every musical device at my disposal. Each song is a story, retold through the lens of my composing, arranging and the enormous jazz improvisational skill of the players.The tunes are a narrative history of this country. I expect their poetry will outlast us all, opening a door to the backroads, the lost footprints, the heartbreak, and hollering of our strange, wayfaring nation. Joel Harrison&...

line up

JOEL HARRISON – Guitar, vocals
DAVID BINNEY – saxophone
ROB THOMAS – violin

Special Guests:
NORAH JONES - vocals
JEN CHAPIN - vocals
URI CAINE - piano
TONY CEDRAS - accordion

Recording Information

Recorded at Peter Karl Studio by John Rosenberg, January 2002/2003
Produced by Joel Harrison