"…Bringing the accordion into the 21st century without losing its traditional roots…"

Andrea Canter - Jazz Police

“If Patrick Harison is there with the accordion, you’ll hear the Marbles’ repertoire of spooky, minor-keyed, Gypsy-influenced songs. ”

Dan Baum - New Yorker

“Harison treats his instrument (a button accordion, not even a piano accordion, which I always thought would be easier to play) as though it has no limitations. He plays hot club and klezmer, Western swing, country, "old-tymey hot jazz," and in-the-minute improvisations.”

“Harison’s instrument is a chromatic accordion, with buttons on both sides (as opposed to piano-like keys on the right) and switches on the top he changes with his chin. On a tune he described as “a demented zombie polka,” his fingers were a blur.”

Pamela Espeland - BeBopified

About Streetwalker, Harison's 2006 Release:

"Harison is a gentle, humble young man with a presence about him - the calm assurance of a person who knows his soul has found its perfect place. And Harison's perfect place is firmly behind his accordion, which has become an extension of his body and mind... He straps on his instrument, and intangible music from somewhere in the heavens funnels through his being into his fingers."  

Jackie Dubbee - The St. Croix Valley Press

"Steetwalker is an album of international impact."  

Leigh Kammen - MPR's Jazz Image

"Sprinkled with just the right amount panache, Streetwalker, which highlights self-penned songs as well as tunes by Django Reinhardt and Hermeto Pascoal, is a musical revelation- respectful and simultaneously unpredictable. Merging youthful exuberance with a reverence for classic "old school" music, Harison has successfully bridged two worlds, old and new-the musical crossroads being his sublime and refreshing Streetwalker. Skillfully complemented by bass, guitar and flute, Streetwalker accomplishes a rare feat for a debut recording by being unflinchingly self assured, romantic and joyous. Mark my words, Harison is the real deal and a young talent to keep an eye and ear on."  

Anthony J.W. Benson - inTune