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May 28, 1963 |
Harrow, Middlesex, England
|Genres||Progressive rock, jazz fusion, experimental music, rock|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, tap guitar|
|Labels||Lava, Roadrunner, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, OSI, The Pineapple Thief|
Gavin Harrison (born in May 28, 1963) is an English drummer and percussionist. He is best known for playing with the British progressive rock bands Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. His influences come from his father's jazz collection and from drummers such as Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro.
Gavin started to work professionally in 1979. In 1983–84 he toured as a member of Renaissance. He worked as a freelance session drummer on records and tours for the following artists: Incognito, Lisa Stansfield, Lewis Taylor, Artful Dodger, Paul Young, Iggy Pop, Level 42, Porcupine Tree, OSI, King Crimson, Shooter, Dizrhythmia,The Kings Of Oblivion, Sam Brown, Tom Robinson, Go West, Black, Gail Ann Dorsey, B J Cole, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, Nathan East, Yasuaki Shimizu, Camouflage, Kevin Ayers, Claudio Baglioni, Franco Battiato, Chizuko Yoshihiro, Jakko, Richard Barbieri, Mick Karn, Eros Ramazzotti, Devogue.
In 2002 he joined Porcupine Tree.
On 23 August 2011 he was a featured performer on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' as part of their second "Drum Solo Week", along with such players as Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, and Dennis Chambers.
As of January 2017, Harrison plays live in the new eight-member formation of King Crimson, as one of the four drummers.
In January 2017 he was guest drummer with The Pineapple Thief for European tour in support of their album Your Wilderness (in which he also played all the drums). ”We’re so excited that we have made it happen. It’s a real once in a lifetime event", said their leader Bruce Soord.
Comments from other musicians
Some musicians have cited him as an influence, including Ryan Van Poederooyen, Dirk Verbeuren, Andrew Spence, Raymond Hearne of Haken, Aaron Stechauner of Rings of Saturn, Jamie Saint Merat of Ulcerate, Thorsten Harnitz of Counter-World Experience, and Vishnu Reddy of Crypted.
In addition, other artists have been quoted expressing admiration for his work including Neil Peart of Rush, Bill Bruford of King Crimson, Devin Townsend, Martín López, Dave Bainbridge of Iona, Kai Hahto, Jimmy Keegan.
He won the Modern Drummer magazine readers' poll for "best progressive drummer of the year" consecutively from 2007–2010 and again in 2016. He won "Best Prog Drummer" in DRUM USA magazine 2011. He is the featured cover story on Modern Drummer January 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine polls rate him as the third best drummer in the past 25 years. Best Prog Drummer 2011 & 2012 in Prog Magazine. In 2014, Modern Drummer magazine placed Gavin in the Top 50 Greatest Drummers of all Time.
Harrison has authored two instructional drum books entitled Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives. He also wrote and produced his own instructional DVDs, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons, at his home studio. 2010 saw the release of Rhythmic Designs, a book of transcriptions by Terry Branam, and a 3-hour DVD of Gavin's explanations and demonstrations. It won 'Best in Show' at the summer NAMM show in the USA. 2014 sees the release of Rhythmic Compositions a book of 20 detailed drum transcriptions (by Terry Branam) of recorded Porcupine Tree performances – plus photos and stories of the recording and creative process.
|King Crimson||2016||Radical Action|
|The Pineapple Thief||2016||Your Wilderness|
|Nick Johnston||2016||Remarkably Human|
|King Crimson||2016||Live in Toronto|
|Fjieri||2016||Words Are All We Have|
|Franco Battiato||2015||Anthology - Le nostre anime|
|King Crimson||2015||Live At The Orpheum|
|The Tangent||2013||Le Sacre Du Travail|
|Lo-Fi Resistance||2012||Chalk Lines|
|Porcupine Tree||2012||Octane Twisted|
|Fusion Syndicate||2012||The Fusion Syndicate|
|Franco Battiato||2012||Apriti Sesamo|
|Kompendium||2012||Beneath The Waves|
|Harry Shearer||2012||Can't Take A Hint|
|Dario Zeno||2010||L'incoscienza di Zeno|
|Alice||1992||Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi|
|B. J. Cole||1989||Transparent Music|
|B. J. Cole||1995||Heart of the Moment|
|Carlo Fimiani||2007||Too Early|
|Chizuko Yoshihiro||1993||Conscious Mind|
|Claudio Baglioni||1995||Io Sono Qui|
|Claudio Baglioni||1996||Attori e Spettatori|
|Claudio Baglioni||1997||Anime in Gioco|
|Claudio Baglioni||1999||Viaggiatore Sulla Coda del Tempo|
|Claudio Baglioni||2003||Sono Io|
|Claudio Baglioni||2005||Cresendo e Cercando|
|Claudio Baglioni||2006||Quelli Degli Altri Tutti Qui|
|Claudio Baglioni||2013||Con Voi|
|Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin||1990||The Big Idea|
|Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin||1991||Spin|
|Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin||2009||Green & Blue|
|Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin||2009||TLG Collection|
|David Devant & His Spirit Wife||1996||Ginger|
|Donna Gardier||1990||I'll Be There|
|Ed Poole||2008||ED 4|
|Eddie & the Tide||1986|
|Eros Ramazzotti||1995||Più Bella Cosa Live|
|Eugenio Finardi||1990||La Forza Dell'amore|
|Fiorella Mannoia||1992||I Treni a Vapore|
|Franco Battiato||1993||Caffe' de la Paix|
|Franco Battiato||1996||L'ombra Della Luce|
|Franco Battiato||2012||Apriti Sesamo|
|Gail Ann Dorsey||1988||The Corporate World|
|Gavin Harrison||1997||Sanity & Gravity|
|Gavin Harrison & 05Ric||2007||Drop|
|Gavin Harrison & 05Ric||2009||Circles|
|Gavin Harrison & 05Ric||2012||The Man Who Sold Himself|
|Gavin Harrison||2015||Cheating the Polygraph|
|Heraldo Zuniga||2001||Triangulo de Musgo|
|Iggy Pop||1986||Ritz N.Y.C Live / Real Wild Child Live|
|Iggy Pop||1989||Lust For Live|
|Jakko Jakszyk||2006||The Bruised Romantic Glee Club|
|Jakko Jakszyk||1994||Kingdom of Dust|
|Jakko Jakszyk||1994||Mustard Gas and Roses|
|Jakko Jakszyk||1996||Are My Ears on Wrong?|
|Jakko Jakszyk||1997||Road to Ballina|
|Jakszyk Fripp Collins||2011||A Scarcity of Miracles|
|Kevin Ayers||1992||Still Life with Guitar|
|King Crimson||2008||Park West, Chicago, Illinois – 7 August 2008|
|Lewis Taylor||2000||Lewis II|
|Lewis Taylor||2005||In Session|
|Lisa Stansfield||1997||Never, Never Gonna Give You Up Live|
|Lisa Stansfield||2001||831 – Change|
|Manfred Mann's Earth Band||1996||Soft Vengeance|
|Manolo García||2002||Nunca el Tiempo es Perdido|
|Mick Karn||1995||The Tooth Mother|
|Mieko Shimizu||1990||A Road of Shells|
|OSI||2012||Fire Make Thunder|
|Paolo Gianolio||2009||Pane e Nuvole|
|Paolo Gianolio||2012||Tribu' di Note|
|Patty Pravo||2002||Radio Station|
|Paul Young||1995||Grazing in the Grass Live|
|Peter Cox||2001||Flame Still Burns|
|Porcupine Tree||2002||In Absentia|
|Porcupine Tree||2004||The Sky Moves Sideways reissue|
|Porcupine Tree||2005||Up the Downstair reissue|
|Porcupine Tree||2006||Arriving Somewhere...|
|Porcupine Tree||2007||Fear of a Blank Planet|
|Porcupine Tree||2007||Nil Recurring|
|Porcupine Tree||2009||The Incident|
|Progetto Cavani||1993||Alza la Testa|
|Richard Barbieri/Tim Bowness||1994||Flame|
|Richard Barbieri||2008||Stranger Inside|
|Rob Cowen/Beverley Craven||2004||Lady Advertiser|
|Sarah Jane Morris||1988||Can't Get to Sleep|
|Saro Cosentino||1997||Ones & Zeros|
|Sharon Rose||1994||Never Be The Same|
|Shooter||1999||..And Your Point?|
|Shooter||1999||Life's a Bitch|
|Steve Thorne||2007||Part Two: Emotional Creatures|
|Steve Thorne||2009||Into the Ether|
|Storm Corrosion||2012||Storm Corrosion|
|The Kings of Oblivion||1987||Big Fish Popcorn|
|Three Blind Mice||2007||Good Grief|
|Tom Robinson & Jakko Jakszyk||1988||We've Never Had It So Good|
|Zerra One||1986||The Domino Effect|
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- "Interview: Ryan Van Poederooyen of DTP". DamnationMagazine.com. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
I’d have to say my biggest inspiration on the drums at the moment is Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree. The guy is absolutely amazing on the drums. Great feel, great chops, amazing groove and he always plays unique beats and fills that really stand out to me.
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Along with all the drummers I have always enjoyed, and still listen to and appreciate (many mentioned in the DVD and related material), I like what Gavin Harrison is doing with Porcupine Tree, and on his instructional DVDs. His playing and his thinking are interesting, musical, and inspiring.
- Bruford, Bill (2012). "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS". BillBruford.com. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
Fellow countryman Gavin is leading the field in improvising with meters. He has managed to distil the essence of , and codify the laws of what I think is generally considered to be the next big step in drumming, namely the ability to move at will through several parallel meters, whose relationship to the basic pulse can then be said to be ‘displaced’ or ‘modulated’. He has the cleanest and tidiest execution of any drummer I’ve ever heard. Try his group ‘Porcupine Tree’, or some of his excellent instructional books and DVDs.
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