Album Review

Harisis Group – “Recordings of The Harisis Group From Northern Greece” – [Angry Mom Records]

Thurston Hunger   1/31/2014   7-inch, International

I’m more than happy to report “You haven’t heard the last of
Angry Mom.” Christopher King’s label unearths four more
Epirotic delights from old (1933) 78’s. All tracks are
instrumental featuring the Harisis family (first initials
only please) and special guest star G. Stathis on the laouto
(a Greek long-fretted lute). Mostly this is the M. Harisis
Experience, an explosion of clarinet creations. The A-side
features two dances and they do move rapidly. You could
almost call it punk clarinet, with the rough sound squeezed
out. And the furious flying of notes presages jazz. There’s
that feeling of a gypsy circus too. Things slow down on the
B-side, still M. Harisis’ clarinet is fluid and fast while
the pace of the songs tilts towards ballad (honoring a
“Hero Bandit” per the provided translation!) and then a lament. Nice that these three live on forever in KFJC’s sonic museum, even if without first names.

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 9 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 1611 days ago, Avakhov played Kastrino Mirologi ("Lament From The Castle")
  • 3238 days ago, Pete "Gut" Dixon played Kleftes Palies ("Hero Bandit Song of Olden Times")
  • 3241 days ago, Grawer played Paleo Zagorisio ("Old Dance From Zagori")
  • 3251 days ago, Cynthia Lombard played Kastrino Mirologi ("Lament From The Castle")
  • 3262 days ago, Honey Bear played Gaida Moni ("Single Line Dance")
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