Tzadik Records

Cosmo is Jesse Harris’ first full length instrumental album, but it is not his first time recording instrumental music. Two of Jesse’s previous albums, Watching The Sky and Mineral, contain two instrumentals each, and Harris also composed the score for the 2007 Ethan Hawke film, The Hottest State.  “Making an album of all instrumentals is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I never felt I had the proper scenario to justify it, until this past Fall of ’09 when John Zorn coincidentally invited me to make an album for Tzadik. That gave me the push I needed.” Half of the album’s 12 tracks are new instrumental compositions and half are versions of previously recorded Harris songs.  “I wanted the sound to be warm and mellow, with brass and organ, and of course I had to have Kenny Wollesen, my old friend, behind the drum kit and on vibes and marimba.” Other guests on Cosmo include Rob Burger, CJ Camerieri, Eivind Opsvik, Tony Scherr, and Doug Wieselman.

Blending folk, soul, Brazilian and rock music, Cosmo is instrumental pop in the classic tradition of Burt Bacharach… with Harris’ indelible stamp


Little Star
The Waves
Strange Bird
I Think You’re Hiding Something
Somewhere Down the Road
Wish I was a Bird
Dear Dorothy
Over the Bridge (And Into Queens)
No Way Out
Wedding Song

produced by Jesse Harris
executive producer John Zorn
associate producer Kazunori Sugiyama

recorded and mixed by Tom Schick
April 20–22, 2010 at the Magic Shop, NYC
assisted by Brian Thorn

Jesse Harris
acoustic and electric guitar
Kenny Wollesen
drums, percussion, marimba, vibraphone, steel drum
Rob Burger
organ, piano, wurlitzer, accordion
CJ Camerieri
trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn
Eivind Opsvik
electric and upright bass
Tony Scherr
electric guitar on over the bridge
(and into queens)
Doug Wieselman
tambourine on dear dorothy

all compositions by Jesse Harris, Beanly Songs, BMI/SONY/ATV Tunes LLC