Hejira Joni Mitchell
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- 3Furry Sings The Blues05:08
- 4A Strange Boy04:19
- 6Song For Sharon08:40
- 7Black Crow04:23
- 8Blue Motel Room05:04
- 9Refuge Of The Roads06:41
Info for Hejira
Joni Mitchell draws freely on her heroes and influences, and in her turn inspires and informs the work of countless others; thus are the genes of our musical heritage passed on to new generations. The love of jazz glimpsed in „Court and Spark“ and „The Hissing of Summer Lawns“ is wanton in „Hejira“. The arrangements are loose and the melodies seductively free-flowing. The lyrics, too, have broken free of rigid verse and rhyme structures and tend towards prose poetry. The cloak of introspection that weighs down on much of her work is lighter here; though far from mainstream. The chiming flanged guitar throughout, is inspired.
„Hejira is a contemplative work about travel, as well as the alienation & observation that accompanies the traveller. Mitchell matches the sense of her lyrics perfectly with songs that work at their own pace and are not shaped by the tradition of verse and chorus, and the limitations that lead to radio-play. They do not follow predictable patterns, and because it is not about what appears on the surface, it becomes necessary for the listener to adapt, to really listen. It challenges the sense of what popular music is and can be.“ (Polari Magazine)
Joni Mitchell, vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Larry Carlton, acoustic & electric guitars
Abe Most, clarinet
Neil Young, harmonica
Chuck Findley, horns
Tom Scott, horns
Victor Feldman, vibraphone
Jaco Pastorius, bass
Max Bennett, bass
Chuck Domanico, bass
John Guerin, drums
Bobbye Hall, percussion
Live Recording Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California
Joni Mitchell began as the archetype of the folkie female singer-songwriter, an heir to Joan Baez. But she quickly moved forward, incorporating influences from jazz and the blues. 'Joni Mitchell heard Billie Holiday sing 'Solitude' when she was about nine years old — and she hasn't been the same since,' says Herbie Hancock. Those lessons of emotional vulnerability are evident in her delicate soprano trill, as well as in the undisguised wear of the sultry voice of her later work, punctuated by her jazzy syncopation. 'Joni's got a strange sense of rhythm that's all her own,' Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone. Above all, Mitchell won't be boxed in. 'The way she phrases always serves the lyrics perfectly, and yet her phrasing can be different every time,' Hancock says. 'She's a fighter for freedom.' (Source: Rolling Stone Magazine)
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