Robert Harris is performing since
several years on festivals and events in and outside Florida. The
Robert Harris group opened for Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot and more.
This band consists of Jim Day, Steve Takahashi, Bruce Nardi, Robert
Harris, Jimmy Seay.
Robert Harris' first album Cool Breeze
was released in 2004. The follow-up City Lights (2008) is now
available at CDBaby. Like on his previous album Robert wrote, produced
and arranged all tracks on his new album except three covers. Robert
was supported by long-time friend Steve Takahashi (drum programming),
Jimmy Seay (bass), Bruce Nardi (sax and flute) and guest musician
Michael Kahn (sax).
The starting track Monaco is
named after a small sovereign city-state located in the heart of
Europe. Driving the Grande Corniche to the city a wonderful
view opens to the Principality and the Mediterranean Sea. The
uplifting mood of this moment is captured by the Robert Harris'
awesome acoustic guitar.
City Lights is featuring Michael
Kahn on soprano sax. Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Michael performs
in various bands playing jazz, smooth jazz, Latin jazz and r&b. This
tune sets you into a positive atmosphere.
James Taylor composed Don't Let Me Be
Lonely Tonight for his album One Man Dog (1972). The song
became a hit, although not Taylor's greatest. Robert Harris reveals on
his rendition a strong and impressing voice. Bruce Nardi's sax solo is
Robert Harris is a great fan of Peter
White. Proudly he presents on his website a photo, on which he
performs with Peter. Steppin Out is a song in the spirit of
Peter White's music. Peter's next album will be released early next
year. So why not listen meanwhile to this song? Robert deserves it.
Thom Bell is one of the architects of
the famous Philly Sound. You Make Me Feel Brand New is
certainly one of his greatest hits. Originally written for the
Stylistics and released on their album Rockin' Roll Baby (1973),
it was covered by numerous musicians like Hubert Laws, Everett Harp,
Norman Brown and more. Robert's rendition is very close to the
Don't await jazz on Straight Ahead.
The melody line is sultry and extensive on the longest tune of this
album. I Just Wanna Stop was a huge hit for Gino Vannelli,
released on his album Brother to Brother (1978). While the
original is more a grandiose Pop song, settles Robert's rendition in
the smooth jazz genre with a folk appeal.
Sunny Side Up is a national
anthem of Florida, this state blessed with many sunny days in the
year. No wonder that this wonderful country has such a strong
influence on Robert's guitar music. Beside his guitar skills Robert is
also a gifted keyboardist, proved with tunes like Morning Light
spell bounding with magic chords.
The final tune is dedicated to Robert's German shepherd Katie. "Katie
has literarily laid by my side in the studio for countless days,
weeks, months, and years. She sang the last note on the CD," comments
Robert's album City Lights is
full of positive emotions, seductive and joyful. With undeniable
perfection Robert's music let you smile and dream.
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- Album Information
Title: City Lights
Artist: Robert Harris
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Robert Harris Music
01 Monaco [3:53]
02 City Lights [4:50]
03 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight [3:48]
04 Steppin Out [3:49]
05 You Make Me Feel Brand New [4:36]
06 Straight Ahead [6:13]
07 I Just Wanna Stop [4:06]
08 Sunny Side Up [4:54]
09 Morning Light [3:54]
10 Katie's Song [4:30]