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Skylines - OUT NOW

Debut album Skylines from NY based Australian saxophonist Evan Harris documents a deeply personal journey by a young saxophonist at the top of his game breaking into the toughest music scene in the world, New York City. The haunting yet uplifting melodies and incredible improvisations from this cast of truly international heavyweights give the listener an insight into the exciting future of Australian Jazz by a dynamic musician making waves abroad.

Beautifully recorded at ‘Systems Two Studios’ in Brooklyn by multi-Grammy winning engineer Mike Marciano at 96k hTz, Evan's Freshman release gives us a glimpse at the promising future of Australian jazz. Skylines is available digitally, and will be released on CD and vinyl during early 2018 through 54 Records.

Featuring a foreword by co-producer Frank Kimbrough (Maria Schneider Orchestra and Jazz Composers Collective), and photographs of the recording sessions by Lauren Desberg. CDs will be issued in a 6-panel gatefold wallet. Vinyls will be issued on 155g virgin stock printed by Brooklyn Phono in a Euro-style gloss vinyl jacket. Domestic and international shipping available from both Australia and USA.  Preorder includes immediate download of digital files. 

Skylines has been shortlisted for three 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: for Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.

Evan Harris (tenor saxophone) | Will Vinson (alto saxophone) | Sean Wayland (piano) |Des White (contrabass) | Jochen Ruckert (drums & cymbals) 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

"With a love for jazz and improv coming directly from his gut, he leads a smart crew here after capably proving himself rubbing elbows with a load of modern giants. He's not changing the world but he is making it a much prettier place to plug into. Check it out." Chris Spector - Midwest Record

"This album has a lot to absorb. On the surface the album is rather cinematic in feel and takes the listener through a number of moods however the deeper you delve the more complex the music becomes. This is the sign of a great album that will appeal to a wide audience. Skylines is a strong release from a musician that we will be no doubt hearing a great deal more from in the coming years. Highly recommended." Andrew Read - Jazz in Europe

"To say Skylines is an impressive debut – whilst being true – can also sound patronising, suggesting Harris has a way to go. Don’t we all. But he is leaps ahead already and his promise is as exciting and unpredictable as the city he celebrates on Skylines." John Hardaker - Words About Music

"This debut recording from the New York based Australian saxophonist displays his exceptional prowess as a tenor player, composer, arranger and band leader." Barry O'Sullivan - jazzandbeyond.com.au

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01 Gunderman

Is about a shack on the Hawkesbury River (on the central coast of NSW) that my family frequented throughout my childhood. There was a jetty that extended from the back yard, through the mangroves, and to the river. The mangroves created a narrow corridor through which the river was visible. The view was enchanting.

02 Inertia

Is inspired by Newton's third law, which states that every force has an equal and opposite reaction. Applied as a philosophy, success is the result of failure.

03 Catalyst

Growth and beauty is a result of hardship and loss. A manifestation of the same adaption of Newton's third law.


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04, 07, 10 Skyline (at Sunrise, at Midday and at Sunset)

Musical depictions of the jagged panorama as seen from my window in Midtown Manhattan, and NYC's varying moods throughout the day. The morning sun is tranquil, the afternoon sun is eery, and the daylight is vibrant and animate.

05 Resignation

Is about my reconciling with the futility of the many situations we find ourselves in as a society. I began composing this piece having witnessed Times Square just minutes after Trump was elected as president. The look of hopelessness in the peoples' eyes was almost disturbing as the stillness and silence in a place that would typically be bustling. It was like a scene from a dystopian movie. 

 


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06 Reinvention

Is about feeling revitalised after a period of deep introspection that was prompted by a series of somber events.

08 Equilibrium

Inspired by the process of finding balance and overcoming the sense of isolation having moved to the other side of the planet. For Judy Bailey.

09 Spring Song

Is about the sense of relief knowing winter has passed, and feeling the warmth of the sun.


 Left to right: Frank Kimbrough, Sean Wayland, Des White, Evan Harris, Will Vinson, Jochen Rueckert, Mike Marciano opposite Systems Two Studios, Ditmas Ave.

Left to right: Frank Kimbrough, Sean Wayland, Des White, Evan Harris, Will Vinson, Jochen Rueckert, Mike Marciano opposite Systems Two Studios, Ditmas Ave.

 Left to right: Sean Wayland, Frank Kimbrough, Evan Harris, Mike Marciano behind the desk at Systems Two Studios

Left to right: Sean Wayland, Frank Kimbrough, Evan Harris, Mike Marciano behind the desk at Systems Two Studios

 
 

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