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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Harris opted for a change of scenery while recording his 11th album, Sub Rosa; the New York native headed down to Brazil to work with a handful of talented local musicians in Rio de Janeiro, including guitarist Guilherme Monteiro, Maycon Ananias on keyboards, and bassist Dadi, with Harris' longtime drummer Bill Dobrow joining in. The results don't represent a radical break from Harris' past, but tunes such as "All Your Days," "Rocking Chairs," "Patchouli," and "Let It All Come Down" boast a subtle tropical feel, resembling a slightly gangly 21st century variation on Stan Getz's work with Astrud Gilberto, and the presence of several of...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Harris opted for a change of scenery while recording his 11th album, Sub Rosa; the New York native headed down to Brazil to work with a handful of talented local musicians in Rio de Janeiro, including guitarist Guilherme Monteiro, Maycon Ananias on keyboards, and bassist Dadi, with Harris' longtime drummer Bill Dobrow joining in. The results don't represent a radical break from Harris' past, but tunes such as "All Your Days," "Rocking Chairs," "Patchouli," and "Let It All Come Down" boast a subtle tropical feel, resembling a slightly gangly 21st century variation on Stan Getz's work with Astrud Gilberto, and the presence of several of Jesse's frequent collaborators including Norah Jones, Conor Oberst, and Bill Frisell allows this material to reach comfortably between the sensuous Latin subtext and the easygoing folk-infused pop-jazz that's been Harris' calling card since his days with the Ferdinandos. As usual, Harris' vocals are breathy and understated enough to make James Taylor sound like Ice Cube, but he manages to generate just a little extra swagger in these performances, giving the music a welcome sway that enlivens the melodies, and the interplay between the musicians is excellent, precise yet with a comfortable, casual spirit. And as a songwriter, Harris doesn't reveal any new tricks on Sub Rosa, but he spins these tales of relationships both happy and sad with superb craft and a winning, easygoing confidence that's the mark of a gifted pro. Sub Rosa's tropical undercurrents aren't likely to change anyone's opinion of Jesse Harris, but the small changes do make a difference, and fans should find this a rewarding listen, while folks unfamiliar with his work would do well to start here as they investigate his catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Dangerbird Spain
  • UPC: 842803008520
  • Catalog Number: 85
  • Sales rank: 160,988

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Dillett Horn Engineer
Bill Frisell Electric Guitar
Clark Gayton Trombone, Euphonium
Richard Julian Vocals
Doug Wieselman Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Dobrow Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel
Vinicius Cantuaria Maracas
Mauro Refosco Percussion, Glockenspiel, Marimbas, electronics
Colin Jacobsen Violin
Dadi Bass
Norah Jones Vocals
Conor Oberst Vocals
Guilherme Monteiro Electric Guitar
Christina Courtin Violin
Johnny Gandelsman Violin
C.J. Camerieri Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn
Melody Gardot Vocals
Pico Alt Violin
Nick Zinner Electric Guitar
Jeremy Turner Cello
Max Mandel Viola
Maria GadĂș Vocals
Maycon Ananias Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Bill Dobrow Producer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jesse Harris Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lynn Peterson Engineer
Tom Schick Engineer
Scott Hollingsworth Engineer
Kenji Shimoda Engineer
Dadi Composer
Daniel Carvalho Engineer
James McAlister Engineer
Corina Figueroa Escamilla Engineer
Nick Zinner Engineer
Rory Wilson Layout
Maycon Ananias Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bernard Ceppas Engineer
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