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The Garden

by Zacc Harris Group

The Garden is Atlantis Quartet guitarist Zacc Harris' debut album as leader, featuring the powerhouse lineup of Harris, Bryan Nichols, Chris Bates, jt Bates, and Brandon Wozniak, some of the top jazz musicians in the Midwest.
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1. In Passing
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2. Maple Grove Two Step
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3. The Garden
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4. Edge of Reason
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5. Softly As a Morning Sunrise
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6. She Was My Best Friend
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7. Lines in the Sand
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8. Albatross
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny." - Rick Mason, City Pages

"This CD is no offhand affair, no jamming session. Every track, even that hoary old operetta standard “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise,” is arresting and well thought-out, delivering freshness, fire and filigree. Harris’ quintet features the cream of the Twin Cities scene: Bryan Nichols (piano, Fender Rhodes), Brandon Wozniak (tenor sax, and a bit of bass clarinet), Chris Bates (bass), and J.T. Bates (drums). Harris did all the composing, and gets an A grade for penmanship..."
- Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune

The Garden is twin cities guitarist Zacc Harris' first album as leader, released in May 2012 on Shifting Paradigm Records. Harris is well-known for his work with Atlantis Quartet, winner of the City Pages 2011 Best Jazz Artist, which he co-leads.

Zacc Harris Group was formed in 2009 so that Harris could focus on his own compositions. The band features a powerhouse lineup with Harris on guitar, Bryan Nichols (Gang Font, Halloween Alaska) on piano and rhodes, fellow Atlantis member Chris Bates (Dean Magraw's Red Planet, A Love Electric) on bass, and jt Bates (Fat Kid Wednesdays) on drums. Another member of Atlantis Quartet, Brandon Wozniak (Dave King Trucking Company) guests on saxophone for several tracks.

The music on The Garden is modern jazz for certain! Harris penned 9 new compositions for the album, along with a captivating arrangement of the standard Softy As a Morning Sunrise. The tunes range from post-bop to modal, free form to impressionist, heavily modern to a touch of classic jazz. Melody and harmony are at the forefront, but the rhythmic drive of the Bates brothers makes the music soar. Here are some reviews.





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Alex Harper

Fantastic
A really fantastic album from a guitarist I've been a fan of for years from his work with Atlantis Quartet. This appears to be his first recording on his own and is quality through and through. The songs are really beautiful and groove hard. Harris has written some really cool stuff here, and his guitar playing sounds great. The rest of the band is amazing. JT Bates on drums is always a good bet, but he really drives this album, and Bryan Nichols's piano playing is gorgeous. Highly recommended!

Henry

Holy $&*$!
This CD is AWESOME! To be honest, I only checked it out because it showed up in my search on CD Baby for jazz like Pat Metheny and I liked this cover more than any of the other albums. Haha. But holy $&*$! I wish I lived in Minneapolis if this is what the jazz is like there. COME TO SEATTLE GUYS!!! Really nice tunes. Every song goes to a different place but there's a consistent "sound" on the whole thing if you know what I mean. I really like the arrangement of Softly As a Morning Sunrise. Doesn't sound anything like I'm used to hearing it. Everybody blows there ass off on this thing. Hope you make another CD soon, because you've got a new fan here in WA.