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Released late in 1968, Silver Cycles was not only a leap forward for Eddie Harris, it served as a creative conference for the entire Atlantic jazz family. Boasting string arrangements by Arif Mardin and horn arrangements by William S. Fischer — two in-house geniuses who put their stamp on dozens of classic Atlantic releases — it is the first Harris album produced by Joel Dorn, the enthusiastic and outspoken personality who would help guide the careers of Les McCann, Roland Kirk and Yusef Lateef. You can detect Dorn’s influence in the album’s free-flowing, no-rules atmosphere. Backed by a seemingly unstoppable horn section, Harris turns in three of his most ferocious performances with “I’m Gonna Leave You By Yourself,” “Little Bit” and “Infrapolations.” While he was well accustomed to using his electric saxophone as a conductor of fire, Harris for the first time shows its potential to open spacey vistas. No doubt encouraged by Dorn, “Smoke Signals,” “Silver Cycles” and “Electric Ballad” were the most psychedelic songs Harris had recorded up to that time, and they still stand up against the best acid rock that 1968 has to offer.

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Biography

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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Silver Cycles, Eddie Harris
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul, Hard Bop, Rock
  • Released: Sep 04, 1968

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