Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Jesse Harris is an American songwriter who's had just a bit of success. He wrote a little song called "Don't Know Why" for a fledgling artist named Norah Jones, after all. I think they sold a few of those. Harris, of course, has become one of the more successful songwriters of the last decade. But here we find him in a different setting. Cosmo is his first all-instrumental recording, and he's placed it on John Zorn's Tzadik label. It's not what you'd exactly expect from either Harris the artist or Zorn the record executive, but it really works. On Cosmo, what you've got is a simple, heartfelt grouping of pop instrumentals. There's always an understated beauty in Harris' approach, one part folk, one part whimsical explorer. Songs like "Little Star," "The Waves," "Dear Dorothy" and "Wish I Was A Bird" have a hopeful, folk-jazz expansiveness. "Strange Bird," "Pixote" and "Wedding Song" are just playfully fun. "Cosmo" has a more serious, searching feel, and "Somewhere Down The Road" sounds like an instant piano trio classic. The guitarist is joined by some of New York's best sidemen, including Kenny Wollesen on drums and percussion, Rob Berger on keyboards (including accordion), CJ Camerieri on trumpet as well as other brass, and Eivind Opsvik on bass. Guitarist Tony Scherr joins the group for "Over The Bridge (And Into Queens)," a nice laid-back blues tune." -DownBeat
JazzTimes (p.66) - "'Strange Bird' and 'Wedding Song' are quirky, countrified numbers that highlight Harris' exceptional fingerstyle acoustic guitar work..."
Personnel: Jesse Harris (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rob Burger (accordion, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ); C.J. Camerieri (trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn); Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone, marimba, drums, steel drum, percussion); Eivind Opsvik (upright bass, electric bass); Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman.
Audio Mixer: Tom Schick.
Recording information: The Magic Shop, NYC (04/20/2010-04/22/2010).
Photographer: Hannah Cohen.