Feel, the seventh album from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, makes two important points. First, it confirms that Harris possesses a distinctive voice, both as a performer and composer. The album is intimate, gently romantic, wistful, and humorous, and above all, equipped to stimulate those who appreciate craftsmanship and touch all who take time to listen. The second point stems from the first: Jesse Harris has a history and a talent that goes beyond the impact he made as author of "Don't Know Why," the song that helped launch Norah Jones' phenomenal career. That song, exceptional as it is, reflects Harris' standard level of accomplishment as a composer. It's no accident that those who have covered his work - Madeleine Peyroux, Pat Metheny, Lizz Wright, and Jones - are masters of interpretation, artists who work best when working with the best material. Nor is it a coincidence that Harris's talents have led him into film work, most recently as composer and producer of the soundtrack to Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State (out on Think Films in August 2007), where Harris' songs are interpreted by the likes of Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Brad Mehldau, Cat Power, Feist and other major artists. What is unusual, amidst all of this, is how Feel exceeds the standards that Harris has set for himself. The crisp yet laidback groove and catchy vocal hook of the title track, the raindrop rhythm of guitar and hand drums on "I Don't Mind," the disarming wisdom of "Walk On," the ability to conjure deep atmosphere through the barest touches of banjo ("How Could It Take So Long" and "I Would"), rolling snare ("Where to Start"), or strings ("You and Me") ... in fact, each moment of Feel testifies to Harris's gift for assembling the simplest elements into pictures and stories whose impact is far from simplistic.