While I was listening to Jesse Harris I discovered that members of Tin Hat Trio, Bill Frisell and Norah Jones contibuted to his latest Verve release While The Music Lasts. These guests may well be the best part of this record. Like Norah Jones, Jesse Harris can sound sublime on first listen but there’s little of substance on repeated listens. Here’s two songs from While… the first with Rob Burger of Tin Hat Trio and the second with guitarist Bill Frisell. The guests and the pleasant vocals make this almost worthwhile just very unoriginal.
Meanwhile the opposite can be said for the San Francisco folk, chamber, jazz, rock, experimental outfit Tin Hat Trio. Tin Hat Trio, like the best music on Songs:illinois, jumps and even ignores genre boundaries in the pursuit of an original sound. Tin Hat Trio are impossible to pigeonhole within one release or even over their whole career. This may be why their first two releases were on a classical imprint (Angel Records) and their latest is on one of the most original (read bizarre) labels currently active – Ropeadope.
Here’s three from The Rodeo Eroded on Ropeadope. “Willow Weep For Me” is sung by Willie Nelson:
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Fear Of The South
Willow Weep For Me