Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Joe Double Quintet Harriott, John Mayer|
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Were there more justice in jazz history, alto saxophonist Joe Harriott would be acknowledged as a pioneer in the flowering of postbebop explorations in the early 1960s. A Jamaica native, Harriott made his biggest mark in t... more »
Were there more justice in jazz history, alto saxophonist Joe Harriott would be acknowledged as a pioneer in the flowering of postbebop explorations in the early 1960s. A Jamaica native, Harriott made his biggest mark in the jazz world with his British quintet when they recorded Free Form and Abstract in the very-early 1960s. His brainy phrases accentuated lots of Caribbean elements (including tactical use of silence) as well as heaps of abstractions. Indo-Jazz Fusion catches Harriott in great form playing in a standard jazz quintet (with one of jazz trumpet's true greats, Kenny Wheeler) playing alongside a quintet of Indian musicians led by John Mayer. The droning sitars and raga structures, along with the ricochets of Indian hand percussion, make both great solid frames and sliding, dramatic backdrops for Harriott and Wheeler to blow, albeit in measured phrases rather than wide-open amounts. Harriott's pithy, sometimes piercing phrases are ideal when folded into Wheeler's wide-tone blowing. It's certainly a strange recording, but it's fantastically pulled together. --Andrew Bartlett
Douglas T Martin | Alpharetta, GA USA | 01/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For its time, this was a very innovative recording. I enjoy listening to it but had the band tried to swing a little more I think the music would have been better. The music was composed by John Mayer and the musicians seem to be adhering too much to the written music. When Kenny Wheeler and Joe Harriott come in to solo their presence is a welcome change. Still, it's a good recording and has a lot of interesting ideas; give the band credit for successfully merging the two styles into a coherent whole - there will be time later to refine it."