Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa

by Jesse Harris


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Sub Rosa

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Dangerbird
UPC: 0842803008520
catalogNumber: 85

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
C.J. Camerieri   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Melody Gardot   Vocals
Pico Alt   Violin
Jonathan Gandelsman   Violin
Nick Zinner   Electric Guitar
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Max Mandel   Viola
Maria Gadú   Vocals
Maycon Ananias   Organ,Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

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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