Apologies for the long absence. On 23 July I launch my new group SUGARWORK, as part of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. This group features Phil Bancroft (Tenor Sax), Graeme Stephen (Guitar) and Stu Brown (drums) and we’ll play music which I’ve been working on since the start of the year, which is right in the middle of the electronica influences which are a huge part of what I love and some contemporary jazz, heavy grooves and quite open improvisation. Visit www.sugarwork.me for more details and clips as the gig approaches. Also in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival I’ll be playing with Tommy Smith, Jim Mullen, Elaine Delmar and KARMA. Also coming up are more gigs with Herschel 36, and a tour of New Zealand with Simon Thacker’s Ritmata.
Ten Play Ten
For my first solo recording I wanted to present a selection centered on good melodies that are (mostly) familiar. For years I've enjoyed the possibilities of playing standards and had never quite got around to documenting this. Some of these tunes you and I have known for years, others I first heard here and there in the weeks before the session, and some were discovered (and one written) while staying in the remote Caithness wilderness for a week. The peace and quiet, long days and having a fine Steinway grand to myself meant I could spend quality time with each piece exploring new ways to shape it. So the album has some surprises - but these are time-tested, resilient melodies. I hope you will enjoy them.
Interview in The Herald
Ten Play Ten
Paul Harrison’s solo album Ten Play Ten will be released on 1st December. It will be available to buy online and at gigs on CD and download. Recorded this summer at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, it features solo interpretations and improvisations on 10 well known and less familiar standard tunes.
I must confess something - I have Tour-ettes. That is, I have a lot of musical trips coming up, firstly jumping into the piano chair of Stu Brown’s Raymond Scott Project for some England gigs in April, followed immediately by an 8-date tour of Scotland with Phil Bancroft. And of course looking forward to the biggest trip of all with Breach we’re travelling across to the USA and Canada in June to play at Rochester Jazz Festival, Toronto, and Vancouver jazz festival. On our return we’ll be recording a new album. Also this summer I’m delighted to be recording and touring with the great Aidan O’Rourke’s band including a gig at the Olympics.