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by Evan Harris

The haunting yet uplifting melodies and incredible improvisations from this cast of truly international heavyweights, gives the listener an insight into the exciting future of Australian Jazz by a dynamic musician making waves abroad.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skyline at Sunrise
1:24 album only
2. Resignation
6:09 album only
3. Reinvention
4:46 album only
4. Skyline at Midday
4:02 album only
5. Gunderman
5:08 album only
6. Inertia
7:25 album only
7. Catalyst
5:09 album only
8. Spring Song
5:34 album only
9. Skyline at Sunset
2:01 album only


Album Notes
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 trying to break 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, gives 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 jazz.

Evan Harris (tenor saxophone)

Will Vinson (alto saxophone)

Sean Wayland (piano)

Des White (contrabass)

Jochen Rueckert (drums & cymbals)


"With Skylines, his debut album of original compositions, Evan Harris welcomes us into his imagination, and into his musical world. His many talents as a tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and talent scout are on display here with a grace uncommon to such a young musician. You will find in his music clarity and mystery, from the fresh, breezy "Gunderman", to the open freedom of the "Skyline" pieces, to the hard swinging "Equilibrium". Though the moods are many, the architecture of the tunes is sturdy, and they are mature, integrated and welcoming to the listener.

He has carefully chosen his sidemen, and is generous in his sharing of the spotlight with them. Alto saxophonist Will Vinson, pianist Sean Wayland, bassist Desmond White, and drummer Jochen Rueckert reciprocate with empathetic, hard-listening, imaginative playing, and they all shine here.

Attending the sessions that yielded this music was a joy - I came with the intention of providing assistance and guidance, but little was needed. There was a palpable sense of togetherness among the musicians, and the stress-free environment they created allowed yours truly to sit back in the control room with my arms folded across my chest, and a smile on my face. I was witnessing dreams become a reality.

This is the first of what surely will be many recordings by Evan Harris. He is an open-hearted and multi-talented young man, and gives me hope for the future of this music we love so much." Frank Kimbrough (Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jazz Composers Collective)


01 Gunderman

An impression of a shack on the Hawkesbury River (on the central coast of NSW, Australia) that my family frequented throughout my childhood. There was a narrow wharf that extended from the back yard, through a towering wall of mangroves, and out to the river. The mangroves created a corridor through which the tranquility of the river was visible.

02 Inertia

Is inspired by Newton's third law, which states that every force has an equal and opposite reaction.

03 Catalyst

Growth and depth of character comes from hardship and loss. A manifestation of Newton's third law, but instead applied to our emotional physics.

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

Musical depictions of the jagged panorama from my window in Midtown Manhattan, and NYC's varying moods throughout the day. The morning sun is serene, the afternoon sun is ghostly, and the daylight is animated and vibrant.

05 Resignation

Is about reconciling with the futility of the many situations we find ourselves in as a society. Composed in memory of the countless faces awash with dread I witnessed in Times Square moments after Trump surpassed Clinton on the night of the election in November 2016. The look of hopelessness in the people's eyes was almost as disturbing as the stillness and silence in a place that would typically be bustling, and was akin to a scene from a dystopian movie.

06 Reinvention

The feeling of revitalisation that follows a period of deep introspection.

08 Equilibrium

Is about finding balance and overcoming the sense of isolation after moving to the other side of the planet, whilst striving to remain connected to my home and past. For Judy Bailey

09 Spring Song

Inspired by the sense of relief when winter had passed, and how refreshing it is to spend time in the sunshine.



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