[Local events] FWD: Wed. 4/3, Spirit House/Blue Cranes

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Fri Mar 29 18:20:55 PDT 2013

*Joel Harrison & Spirit House
/featuring Brian Blade/*

*Blue Cranes
/*Wednesday, April 3
*/8:00 pm
(Blue Cranes at 9:00)

*Mississippi Studios <http://www.mississippistudios.com/>
*3939 N. Mississippi Ave.

Venturing across stylistic divides, melding influences from jazz, 
classical, country, rock, and world music, *Spirit House* features *Joel 
Harrison* on guitar/vocals, *Cuong Vu* on trumpet, *Paul Hanson* on 
electric bassoon, *Kermit Driscoll* on bass, and *Brian Blade* on drums.

Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter and 2010 Guggenheim 
Fellow and former Bay Area resident *Joel Harrison* 
<http://www.joelharrison.com/> sees no reason to sort his music into 
jazz, classical, or any such divisions. "Ultimately you're just trying 
to arrive at great music." Spirit House will mostly perform Harrison's 
compositions, with additional pieces by Blade and Vu. "This is a dream 
group of mine, consisting of some of the most original, singular 
instrumentalists in modern Jazz. I have been deeply inspired by these 
musicians for many years, and know we will have a special chemistry."

*Brian Blade* <http://www.brianblade.com/> is one of the most acclaimed 
drummers of his generation. His bio includes work with luminaries such 
as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Joni Mitchell. *Paul 
Hanson* <http://www.jazzbassoon.com/> is considered the greatest 
improviser on his unusual axe in the world, combining passionate melody, 
astounding technique, and electronics into a uniquely powerful package. 
*Cuong Vu* <http://www.cuongvu.com/> has much experience with 
guitarists, having been a member of Pat Metheny's band, and a 
collaborator with Bill Frisell. He recently recorded with Harrison on 
the recording /Holy Abyss/ (Cuneiform), and critics noted how well his 
sound wrapped around Harrison's sinuous guitar lines. *Kermit Driscoll* 
<http://www.kermitdriscoll.com/>, bassist in countless acclaimed bands 
(including Harrison's new 19-piece jazz orchestra recording), "gets 
directly to the essence of the music, no matter what the style or level 
of difficulty."

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