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Arguably the artistic high point of Eddie Harris’ early-'70s career, Eddie Harris Sings the Blues contains some of the saxophonist’s most haunting and fragile songs, including “A Child Is Born” and “Please Let Me Go,” in which Harris sings through his horn as an orchestra gradually materializes behind him like a velvet mirage. The effect is reprised on the title song, an achingly slow stoned blues that is spiritual kin to Sly Stone’s “Just Like a Baby” and Miles Davis’ “Little Church.” Amid all this abstraction is “Ten Minutes To Four,” arguably the most muscular, forward-moving piece Harris ever recorded. Fueled by the awesome bass-and-drum combo of Rufus Reid and Billy James, the song is written in 10/4 time, a signature that makes is feel like it is always coming up from behind, nipping at the listener’s heels. At the time Harris caught a lot of flak from jazz purists for his bold innovations, and as if to silence the old guard he closes this brave album with a virile reading of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”— the kind of song that gives even studious sax players nightmares.

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A True Genius

This was my introduction to Eddie Harris so many years ago and remains my favorite album of his. He was so completely unique, original, and always musical. Eddie was ahead of his time and a true genius.


Born: October 20, 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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  • $3.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 1972

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