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Angel Band: Free Country Volume 3

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'Angel Band' is the third in guitarist Joel Harrison's acclaimed Free Country series of projects and, like its predecessors, features a unique mix of jazz interpretations of unlikely material drawn from various forms of Americana.

Saxophonist David Binney obviously shares Harrison's musical vision as does pianist Uri Caine whose pianism here ranges from pointillistic to pugilistic. But for all the considerable talents of the side artists this is Harrison's show. As today's emaciated, blog-fed music scene staggers around looking for the newest trend (no matter how shallow) Harrison continues to cross and combine genres in order to communicate with his listener, challenge pre-conceived notions of "how it should go," and bring out new qualities in familiar music.

The music of Joel Harrison stubbornly defies categorizing. You can try using all the post-this, proto-that gibberish you can think of but it is impossible. From the new-age of Paul Winter to the no-wave of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks; from the complex poly-everything of Charles Ives to the deceptively simple deconstruction of American folk ballads, Joel Harrison is perhaps the most imaginative, inventive and inclusive artist in contemporary jazz music.

Personnel: Joel Harrison (guitar, dobro, banjo, National Steel Guitar, voice), David Binney (alto saxophone), Jon Cowherd (piano, Hammond organ), Uri Caine (piano, Fender Rhodes), Chris Tordini, Stephan Crump (bass), Brian Blade, Allison Miller (drums), with Theo Bleckmann, Christian Howes, Nels Cline and others


  1. Name
  2. America the Beautiful
  3. Jerusalem Ridge
  4. Ring of Fire
  5. 900 Miles
  6. We Shall Rise
  7. Angel Band
  8. My Epitaph
  9. Osage Stomp
  10. Wichita Lineman
  11. Go Rest High on That Mountain
  12. Lost Indian
  13. Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
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