Music for Chameleons

Music for Chameleons

by Jesse HarrisJesse Harris


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Singer/songwriter Jesse Harris has carved out his own introspective niche in the modern music scene, nestling in between the languid, rootsy jazz of original cohort Norah Jones and the avant-garde guitar noodlings of occasional colleague Marc Ribot. On his last effort, 2016's Seemed Like a Good Idea, he paired with singer/violinist Petra Haden. For 2017's Music for Chameleons, Harris returns to his low-key solo vibe with an album of jazz-inflected, coffeehouse-friendly folk. Joining Harris this time are members of Star Rover (who appeared on 2015's No Wrong No Right), as well as bassist Jason Lader and Maroon 5 keyboardist/guitarist Jesse Carmichael. Needless to say, he put together a superb backing ensemble, and for longtime Harris fans there is plenty to enjoy here. Cuts like the loungey "On My Way Back," the twangy "A Matter of Time," and the organ-steeped, reggae-ish "You Don't Have to Be Alone" showcase Harris' knack for woody, organic sounds and enveloping melodies. The album's several high points also include his hypnotically buoyant, orchestral-tinged instrumental "Everybody Thinks You're a Movie Star," which coincidentally features wordless vocals from Haden. Similarly, Harris reveals his talent for writing poignant, inner-directed anthems like "Neither Old Nor Young" and the yearning, nervy "I Always Thought the World Would Catch Your Fall."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2017
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728148023
catalogNumber: 1480
Rank: 201350

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Harris   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Petra Haden   Background Vocals
Jesse Carmichael   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jason Lader   Bass,Keyboards
Jeremy Gustin   Percussion,Drums
Will Graefe   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Gabriela Lucia   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dan Burns   Engineer
John Zorn   Composer
Jesse Harris   Composer,Producer
Jesse Carmichael   Producer
Jason Lader   Producer
Marc Urselli   Engineer
Jeremy Gustin   Producer
Rory Wilson   Layout
Will Graefe   Producer
Maycon Ananias   String Arrangements
Wellington Marques   Engineer
Ernesto Caivano   Cover Image

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