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Album Review

Eddie Harris, who doubles on electric tenor-sax and reed trumpet, is joined by keyboardist Jodie Christian, bassist Louie Spears, drummer Billy Hart and percussionist Felix Henry on this okay session of funky jazz. Harris plays quite well as usual (he can be easily identified within a note or two) but none of his six originals on this out-of-print LP are very substantial.

Biography

Born: 20 October 1934 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Long underrated in the pantheon of jazz greats, Eddie Harris was an eclectic and imaginative saxophonist whose career was marked by a hearty appetite for experimentation. For quite some time, he was far more popular with audiences than with critics, many of whom denigrated him for his more commercially successful ventures. Harris' tastes ranged across the spectrum of black music, not all of which was deemed acceptable by jazz purists. He had the chops to handle technically demanding bop, and the...
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Free Speech, Eddie Harris
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  • £3.49
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 15 December 1969

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