Jesse Harris – Surpresa (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 35:59 minutes | 694 MB | Genre: Jazz
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The past year found the whole world waiting. The COVID-19 pandemic paused life for most people and found everybody looking ahead to when life would return to normalcy. Singer/songwriters Jesse Harris and Vinicius Cantuaria took the time provided by the lull to record a project that had been evolving over the previous few years. Surpresa is the enchanting culmination of their efforts and it shows that some things are well worth the wait.
Both artists are well-known for their superior songwriting abilities. Harris came to the attention of the music world as a member of Once Blue and, later, writing hit songs for Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Solomon Burke, and more. Beginning his professional work as a member of Caetano Veloso’s band, the multi-instrumentalist and composer Cantuaria has made a name for himself with his unique approach to the music of his native Brazil and his intriguing collaborations with artists as diverse as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Laurie Anderson.
Harris and Cantuaria initially met in 2011 when their mutual friend Dadi Carvalho introduced them, allowing Harris to stay at Cantuaria’s Rio de Janeiro home while Harris was in Brazil. Once he returned to New York, Harris visited Cantuaria and his wife Claire in Brooklyn. They struck up an immediate friendship and began hanging out and writing music. The writing eventually led to Harris inviting Cantuaria to play on gigs where they would incorporate each other’s songs and those of Tom Jobim into a working repertoire. Harris would go on to write “This Time” for Cantuaria’s 2012 recording, Indio De Apartamento.
01. Jesse Harris – Waiting
02. Jesse Harris – Rio Negro
03. Jesse Harris – Far Away
04. Jesse Harris – How Long
05. Jesse Harris – Surpresa
06. Jesse Harris – Broken Umbrellas
07. Jesse Harris – ‘O, Maria
08. Jesse Harris – Colibri
09. Jesse Harris – Little Star
10. Jesse Harris – West Broadway Shuffle
11. Jesse Harris – You, The Queen