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Like David "Fathead" Newman, Eddie Harris mixed R&B with jazz. Harris enjoyed pop hits with 1961's "Exodus," 1968's "Listen Here," and his 1969 live album with Les McCann, Swiss Movement. Harris never achieved Newman's rob... more »
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Like David "Fathead" Newman, Eddie Harris mixed R&B with jazz. Harris enjoyed pop hits with 1961's "Exodus," 1968's "Listen Here," and his 1969 live album with Les McCann, Swiss Movement. Harris never achieved Newman's robust "fathead" tone on the sax nor his supple melodicism, and is likely to be remembered as a journeyman saxophonist who scored a few fluke hits and dabbled with electronic reeds and trumpets with reed mouthpieces. Nine of the box set's 24 tracks, selected and annotated by Harris himself, feature the superlative rhythm section of Billy Higgins, Ron Carter, and Cedar Walton, but Harris's pinched tone and predictable chord-running fail to take advantage. --Geoffrey Himes
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Excellent Eddie Harris Anthology
J. E FELL | Carterville, Illinois United States | 03/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2 cd set features the much maligned Eddie Harris. The anthology covers the years 1961-1981. The majority of the material is from his Atlantic years. This material ranges from his early jazz interpretation of "Exodus" to his later electric jazz funk experiments. During the seventies Eddie invented an electric device to attach to his saxophone as well as a trumpet played with a reed. Some critics thought these ideas were mere gimmicks. When he added more funk to his jazz, he was accused of "selling out". However the music on this compilation is both varied and enjoyable. The liner notes indicate that Eddie selected his favorite songs to include on this compilation. Some of the sideman include Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Jodie Christian, Ron Carter & Les McCann. Much of the music is really catchy such as "Listen Here", "Cold Duck Time" & "Sham Time" to name a few. This compilation also includes his best known composition "Freedom Jazz Dance". This set includes some out of print material which has not yet been issued on compact disc. If you like music that grooves, you will enjoy this compilation. It also contains enough straight acoustic jazz to interest the more conservative jazz listener. If you enjoyed this set you may also want to check out Rahasaan Roland Kirk another maligned but equally talented artist who recorded for Atlantic."
Andrew Craig | Portland, OR USA | 10/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an interesting album because it tries to group together a collection of songs from an artist who is very eclectic. Eddie Harris's styles throughout his career range all the way from peaceful acoustic ballads to jaw-dropping funk. The only drawback I have with this anthology is that it is so randomly laid out. There isn't a cohesive chronological or even stylistic order to it. Don't let this deter you from picking it up though because there are some true gems on it that suit any jazz lover's taste. The first disc is highlighted by my favorite side of Eddie Harris which is the soul-funk. His simple, yet funky riffs on the electric sax (which he helped innovate) backed by a tight rhythm section are addictively catchy. Songs such as "Funkaroma", "It's All Right", "Cold Duck Time" and "Listen Here" put you in just the right groove. However, other tracks on this disc such as "Exodus" are very beautiful and have more of a mellow feel. The second disc is less consistent but is redeemed by Harris's standard masterpiece "Freedom Jazz Dance". Overall this anthology can please just about any jazz listener whether they are funky or laid back."
If you just want 1 Eddie Harris record, buy this one.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 08/09/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this catches all the great eddie harris tunes, like Listen Here, Sham Time, Freedom Jazz dance and others. Some of his early funk experiments stink (he ain't no Herbie Hancock), but when he keeps it acoustic it is great."