Offbeat Magazine premieres “Scarecrow Ray” by Joel Harrison

Offbeat Magazine Premiere

Renowned guitarist Joel Harrison has been a fixture on the contemporary jazz scene for decades, yet that hasn’t stopped from exploring disparate parts of the musical spectrum. In fact, some of his most popular works have featured jazz interpretations of unlikely material, be they country music standards or George Harrison-penned classics.

Harrison’s latest effort, The Other River, finds him tackling the singer-songwriter style from a progressive jazz angle as he blends a contemporary sound with lyrics reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Paul Simon. The forthcoming album is slated for release on July 14, but today we’re premiering it’s second track. Dubbed “Scarecrow Ray,” the song tells a story through the eyes of a conflicted man who has an encounter with a person whose suffering he struggles to understand. READ MORE…

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