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HARRY MANX - OM SUITE OHM

Om Suite Ohm

Harry Manx
Om Suite Ohm

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Released - Wednesday February 13th 2013

Harry Manx - 'Om Suite Ohm'    

I began working on this CD in Wisconsin in the late fall of 2011. I teamed up with composer/producer Hans Christian (has worked with Daniel Lanois, and was bassist on Robbie Robertsons' first solo CD). We co-wrote many instrumental songs, four of which made it on to this CD. Later on I wrote lyrics for two of these songs ( 'The Moon Rose Up' and  'All Fall Down').  

I then went to Australia and co-wrote two songs with African inspired musician Yeshe. We created two instrumental pieces based on African grooves.  I then wrote the words for them which became 'Saya' and 'Further Shore.'

I met up with Australian Didjeridoo player Ganga Giri (played with Peter Gabriel)  We jammed on a tune of mine titled "Way Out Back". It was inspired by the great Australian landscape.

Lastly I wrote a song that got me nominated for "Songwriter of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards titled "Carry My Tears". I wrote this for a friend that passed on recently. It stands outon the CD for it's simplicity and honesty.  I finished my recording and mixing at a studio in Victoria BC on Vancouver Island.

This CD has me playing a lot of electric slide. Not so much in the Blues style but perhaps closer to an "Electric Bollywood" sound.  This is very apparent on the track 'Reubens Train'. I also recorded a version of 'A Love Supreme'. It was written by John Coltrane. Here's what I know about Coltrane and his connection to Indian music. Coltrane loved all things Indian. He had recordings of Indian music and at one point he came upon a South Indian folk tune (a Dhun) that had the melody which later became the basis for A Love Supreme. That haunting repetitive bass groove.The song (at least the section that I'm using) has only one chord in the same way that Indian Ragas do. It is 'modal'. Coltrane and many other Jazz musicians of his time were experimenting with playing in 'modes' inspired by Indian music. He befriended Ravi Shankar and their friendship lasted many years. In my arrangement, I'm taking the tune a little bit back East with Indian phrasing on the electric slide. My version is not an attempt to improve on the original. I simply found my own unique take on this great tune. 

This CD is my 9th solo CD (I made 3 with Kevin Breit). … my engineer brought an electric Tele to the studio with a 'hot rails' pick-up and an old Fender amp and I ended up using it on many of the tracks.  That's new for me. The use of Violins, Cellos, Sirangi and other string instruments on my CD is a first. I've always loved strings and the slide guitar is a great contrast to the sound of the bowed instruments.  Hope you like the tunes... - HM

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Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player

“Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter Harry Manx is an artist that critics have occasionally had a hard time getting their minds around. His unique amalgam of blues and other Ameri...more