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1971’s Instant Death features a squad of top players from Harris’ native Chicago, including guitarist Ronald Muldrow, bassist Rufus Reid, conguero “Master” Henry Gibson, and piano and kalimba player Muhal Richard Abrams. Joining in on drums is the long-working and propulsive Philadelphian, Billy James. These foundational, no-nonsense jazzmen helped to rein in some of Harris’ shaggy tendencies, and forced him to step up his chops. “Superfluous” and “Tampion” are the perfect blend of colorful exploration and twirling jazz technique. This being Eddie Harris circa 1971, there are also some indelible grooves, particularly on the title track and the extra-deep, slow-burning salsa “A Little Wes.” As had become his custom by this point, Harris delivers a deeply felt abstract blues in the form of “Nightcap.” The most crucial aspect of the album is the reunion of Harris and Abrams, high-school friends whose careers diverged only to meet again in these songs. The heart of the album is the blending of Harris’ beefy funk with Abrams’ more cerebral conceptions.

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I just want to say that i discovered this cat because of hip hop, sometimes hip hop is criticized for alot of misc. reasons some true but if you listen from afar you will not understand, anyway "Superflous" was sampled by several hip hop artist such as The Digable Planets & Brand Nubian, I love Jazz music as well and I'm glad I discovered Eddie Harris. I've heard "Nightcap" before but I never knew performed it.

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raise your kids up on this stuff!!!! the fact that it doesn't have many reviews is even better!!!!


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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Instant Death, Eddie Harris
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Dec 07, 1971

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