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Stan Harrison: The Optimist

Stan Harrison

Radiohead, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Serge Gainsbourg and Talking Heads: All have called on saxophonist Stan Harrison, a devilishly inventive tenor who stood among Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes for a few years and was a founding member of the Borneo Horns. Harrison’s second solo album takes its musical cues from its title with its sunny countenance-especially with its world-music leanings. But, at the same time, beefy playing and counterintuitive musical asides belie the heavenlike atmosphere. Not what you might expect. That being said, thick and contemporary beats on tracks such as “On a Never Ending Day” and “Nothing Less Than You” anchor the music in the present and suggest Harrison is most happy lodged somewhere in between jazz and hard-edged pop.

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