Posted by: seanoldblog | 2011/06/14

H2 – Harkness Herriott Duo – ODEG

H2 Worldwide release: June 14th, 2011 on Opening Day

Mike Herriott and Sean Harkness met in Japan while touring a show. Six weeks of traveling together and absorbing the country and the culture, they took advantage of many opportunities to explore music outside of the show they were touring.

A friendship grew and a musical bond developed. This collection of music is a beginning to this exploration of original ideas, combining Sean’s guitar and Mike’s flugelhorn. They each bring their own material to the table, and they chose to invite afew friends to join their duo on half of the songs.

Recorded half in New York City and Half in Toronto, Mike and Sean made use of the influences of these two wonderful cities to bring this music to light.

This is the first collaboration of Harkness/Herriott (H2)… to be followed by many more!

“Mike Herriott and Sean Harkness cleverly use their friendship as an additional instrument in their new recording ‘Flights’…It’s a perfect musical pairing like Cabernet and steak that you can taste for yourself…” – TIM TAMASHIRO, CBC

“You can cut the chemistry with a knife.  Both of them put beauty and feeling first… their compositions create feelings and moods that you will want to revisit again and again.”

– RYAN PRESTONE, Jazz Inside magazine

“I love this combination of guitar and flugelhorn; to my ears, these instruments were meant for each other. Harkness and Herriott prove this point, on this… This is an album that you would buy for your friends, it’s that good. I am already
looking forward to their next release!” – ARNOLD VAN KLAVEREN, CFUV

#1 on CFUV, Vancouver’s premier Jazz radio station

US:    /    Canada: 1.647.888.6707


1.     Spring Break
2.     Leap Year
3.     Myffed
4.     Nod To John
5.     Kyra’s Song
6.     Hedge Your Bets
7.     Gambled
8.     And Lost
9.     Armario
10.  Hammock Time

 Songs 3, and 5 © 2009 Mike Herriott, Herriott Music, SOCAN

Songs 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 © 2009 Sean Harkness Music/BMI


Mike Herriott: Flugelhorn

Sean Harkness: Guitars

Mark Miller: trombone [2]

Jim Vivian: bass [1, 4, 7, 9]

Kevin Coady: drums [1,4,7,9]

Tracks  2, 3, 5, 8, and 10- recorded at KMA Studios in the Brill building, New York City May 72, 2009

Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, and 9– recorded at Canterbury Studio, Toronto August 97, 2009

New York recording engineer: Casey Flynn

Toronto recording engineer: Jeremy Darby

Mixed at Chung King Studios, New York City by Ron Allaire, Sean Harkness, and Mike Herriott

Mastered at Taloowa by Chris Muth

Cover design ____

From Sean Harkness:

Every person I have ever met has in some way contributed to the life experiences that serve as the inspiration for this music.  Special thanks for this project: Taka, John, and Jeff Harkness; The Suzuki family; The Kawamura family; Ron Allaire; David ‘Roz’ Rosner,

Guitars used: Gibson-ish custom jazzbox with Thomastik-Enfield flatwounds (.014), Fender Sub-sonic baritone electric guitar on ‘Leap Year’

From Mike Herriott:

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet and work with Sean. I am grateful to those who brought us together in music and acted as a catalyst for the creation of the music contained on this recording:  the late, great Sam Lutfiyya, Mark Miller, Jim Vivian, Kevin Coady, my family and friends.

Equipment used: Yamaha YFL-6310Z flugelhorn, signature “HERRIOTT FL” Wedge Mouthpiece made by Dr. Dave Harrison, Vancouver, BC


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