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Guitarist Bill Harris (no relation to the trombonist of the same name) was a very diverse musician and most of the various sides of his playing are heard from on this well-rounded CD which contains performances from 1957, 1973, 1975, 1982 and 1986. Harris sings the blues (his use of repetition is an acquired taste), has an interesting monologue and performs music ranging from a Bach prelude arranged by Segovia and a few swing standards to John Coltrane's "Syeda's Song Flute" and two movements from a tribute to Wes Montgomery. This CD serves as an introduction to the infrequently recorded legend.

Biography

Born: 14 April 1925 in Nashville, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

A guitarist who spent at least two decades on the road with rhythm & blues vocal group the Clovers, Bill "Willie" Harris had a thick background in bebop and swing guitar as well as gospel. The latter style was at his fingertips even before he discovered guitarists such as Oscar Moore on records and radio, since Harris' father was a preacher who was in the position to turn the church organist job over to his offspring. Meanwhile, Harris' mother was drumming in basic harmony and an uncle had chipped...
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