The Secret Sun

The Secret Sun

by Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos

Overview

Although he's best known as the guy who wrote Norah Jones's breakthrough hit, "Don't Know Why," as well as four other songs on her Grammy-sweeping debut, Jesse Harris has got plenty to say on his own -- as evidenced by The Secret Sun, his fourth album with his Brooklyn-based band, the Ferdinandos, and his major-label debut. Here, Harris exudes an easygoing quality similar to Jones's, though it's more rooted in the folkier side of rock -- particularly in the guitar interplay between Harris and Tony Scherr -- than the cooler edge of jazz. The difference isn't so much one of volume but one of energy, with Harris cranking it up a little higher. Harris and Scherr's instrumental prowess drives the Brill Building pop of "How?" as well as the breezy "The Midnight Bell," which gets an extra bit of verve from a sinuous marimba line. Jones makes a cameo appearance on "What Makes You," where she and Harris perform a free-and-easy vocal duet, but she keeps things low-key. Harris does the same, for the most part, offering a nimble interpretation of the traditional blues tune "Roberta" and breathing a quiet desperation into the album's jazziest cut, "You, the Queen." He's already proven himself behind the scenes, but with The Secret Sun Jesse Harris establishes himself as a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498605059
catalogNumber: 930631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos   Primary Artist
Tony Scherr   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Wollesen   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Vibes
Jesse Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chiara Civello   Background Vocals
Chris Brown   Organ

Technical Credits

Tony Scherr   Producer
Jesse Harris   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Juan Garcia   Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García   Engineer

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