Guy Jackson with Julia Fordham
Julia Fordham • vocals
BJ Cole • pedal steel
Robin Porter • saxaphone
Will Jackson • drums
Guy Jackson • arrangement, keyboards, production
Hejira revisited is an homage to Joni Mitchell’s classic 1976 album, curated by composer and producer Guy Jackson. Nine new arrangements, nine guest vocalists and nine ways to honour Joni’s masterpiece.
The title track, ‘Hejira’, is the first to be released, featuring Julia Fordham on vocals, Robin Porter on saxophone and BJ Cole on pedal steel.
A future release, ‘Blue Motel Room’ will feature Kevin Godley (ex-10cc vocalist and drummer) on vocals.
In a fresh interpretation of the music, there are no guitars. Arrangements are all keyboard-based using pianos, tuned percussion, instruments of the orchestra and more…
Arranger and producer Guy Jackson said:
“Hejira is my favourite album of all time. I came across it as a student and found it totally mesmerising. Decades later the album still has that compelling quality – is it Joni’s perfect vocal delivery, her relentless guitar work, the lack of a traditional song structure or the musicians she worked with in the 1976 studio?
“The idea for reworking came about a few years ago when I created ‘Hejira’ as a test track for a new singer. That project went no further, but by then I was hooked.
“After exploring the song structures, I decided not to create guitar-based arrangements for fear of the project turning into a series of karaoke tracks. Making the tracks keyboard-based gave a fresh twist to the music, after which the vocalists did the rest! All the singers involved have brought their own personal experience of Hejira to their performance.”