Joy Eden Harrison
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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Blue Venus (2006)
For anyone who's interested in jazz-influenced ecto music, Joy would be a wonderful purchase. She falls somewhere between kd lang's torch songs and the Holly Cole Trio. Joy sings original compositions that have a bit of a hipster jazz feel mixed with a bit of torch song chanteuse, a touch of Joni Mitchell and a touch of Rickie Lee Jones. Some of her new tunes take a wilder jazz approach á la Amy X Neuburg, while others, like "Yellow", mixed in (possibly beat-influenced) storytelling. (neal)
Joy writes most of her own material but does do a few covers ("I Fall to Pieces" appears on her first album).
Joy Eden Harrison was big part of the female singer-songwriter San Diego music scene and a good friend of Jewel's.
Comments about live performance:
Live, now she fronts a jazz trio that consists of her on guitar and a keyboardist and drummer. The sound is fuller and freer than on previous acoustic performances. Her new material takes many twists and turns from what she was doing before. I was amazed at the variety and experimentation in the set, since previously she'd been working in a much narrower range. (1997, neal)
Recommended first album:
1995—Bizarre/Planet Records—BP 40501-2
Generally available, but may need to be special ordered.
Recommended for jazz fans
Joy Eden Harrison—vocals, guitar
A local San Diego artist, friend of Jewel, and kind of the mother of the female acoustic scene in San Diego—this album is a true jazz album. The instrumentation and vocals are great, but Joy's voice is one you either love or hate, reminiscent of Forties jazz. I really like this album, but not everyone will—and it's probably not that easy to find outside of San Diego—though it is possible. Her lyrics are often humorous, but evocative of a previous era, bringing to mind icons like James Dean and Marlene Dietrich. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1999—Astarte Records—4 6879-2
Guest artists include:
I'm not exaggerating at all when I tell you this album is totally amazing. It's so much more realized (both lyrically & musically) than Angel Town. It features a far greater range of musical expression and texture. Staying true to her jazz roots but blending some pop overtones into the mix has really allowed Joy to take a giant leap forward in my opinion.
Her "Soldiers Dance" & "Where Have You Gone Jimmy Dean?" (earlier versions than in Angel Town) appear in the Miracoustic compilation (1994—Local Buzz Productions—#LB-9021-0). "Rodeo Santa" (co-written with Steve Poltz) appears in the Tierra Santa holiday compilation (1994—Digital Dexterity Records—9401XY). "Johnny Midnight" appears in the Ocean compilation (1997—SLAMM Aids Benefit—SLAMM 007). "Where Have You Gone Jimmy Dean" & "Angels Watching Over Me" (both live) appear in the "Future Folklore" Volume 3—independent cassette from 1998.
Thanks to Jeffrey Hanson and Alan Bershaw for work on this entry.
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