The Music Of JC Harris

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positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet


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Post Tour Wrap-Up 2014

Recovering from the smash hit Fall Tour 2014. Frank Zappa. Prokofiev. James Brown. Whatever happened to radio? Real DJs and The Electrifying Mojo?

Roger CortonSo now that you’re back from Fall Tour 2014, how did it all go? I saw some cell phone video and you were really playing the piano. What was that?

JCH(laughing) People always seem so surprised. I don’t get it.

RCWell, you do some virtuosic stuff on record, but it’s always in these short bursts. It’s just different when…

JCH…when it’s more than fifteen seconds. (laughing) No I get it. I just read an old Frank Zappa column…

RCMay he rest in peace.

JCH…yeah I forgot you’re one of those acolytes. Anyhoo, in it Frank admits that he’s just not that great a player and…


JCHYeah, yeah, yeah. As I way saying, he basically talks about how he’s trying to tell a story with his solos and he’s got some notes that are like guideposts along the way, but how he gets between them? He doesn’t worry about being all that precise. And he never practices. Which was obvious, by the way (laughs).

RCWhich is surprising considering how legendary he was for being so demanding of his players.

JCHLast time I checked, the word ‘hypocrisy’ isn’t in the Harvard Dictionary Of Music. But anyhoo, I know that attitude is [...]

Cartoon Time Signatures Part III

Heading into the massive ‘Northeast Leg’ of Fall Tour 2014. Wedding. Listening like a real Balkan and more on Cartoon Time Signatures. [...]

Cartoon Time Signatures Part II

Three gigs in one weekend on Fall Tour 2014. New Orleans. Cartoon Time and odd time signatures that taste just as good as white bread. [...]

Cartoon Time Signatures Part I

A couple of gigs into Fall Tour 2014 Post gig response. We discuss Led Zeppelin and odd time signatures in lots of musics.

RCGood show?

JCHYou’d know better than me. :D You never know how people really feel, right? Everyone showed up.

RCEveryone I spoke with seemed knocked out by the bass solo. Although I must say I was surprised. You doing a cover? Using loops? Anyone who has read your rants would be quite shocked.

JCHWell, that’s not a ‘cover’ really. I have no objection to ‘loops’ as a seasoning. I just can’t stand a whole evening of that stuff. I think three minutes is a good limit.

RCCome to think of it, it was sort of an Jaco homage.

JCHI always said: the album I wanted to hear was “Robert Fripp joins Weather Report!” Or “Jaco joins King Crimson!” So there you have it.

RCCome to think of it, it was sort of an Jaco homage. There was one weird thing. People tried clapping along to the loop thing and it just didn’t work. There was something odd going on.

JCH(Laughs) That’s what I call Cartoon Time. You were showing me that transcription of Stairway To Heaven, right? I mean, it’s been 40 years and people still argue about that. So let’s talk about Led Zeppelin.

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