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Eddie Harris Sings The Blues

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Please Let Me Go
Ten Minutes To Four
A Child Is Born
Walk With Me
Eddie Harris Sings The Blues
Giant Steps
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 41:22

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Plug Him In: Comedy, the Electric Saxophone, and Eddie Harris

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

There have been plenty of amusing jazz musicians, from Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller on down, but few as riotously funny as tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris. In 1975 he even put out a comedy record of on-stage chatter, The Reason Why I'm Talking S--t. The opening monologue is a masterpiece of audience alienation, in which he describes what's on the minds of the men and women at that evening's Eddie Harris concert. By the time… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Eddie Harris had sung through his horn prior to this release, but not to such a great extent as on this wide-ranging LP. Here he tries to shape words through the filters of a reed mouthpiece, a slightly noisy wah-wah pedal and electronic amplification, and the results are genuinely expressive despite the aura of gimmickry. Indeed “Please Let Me Go,” thanks to Harris’ pleading sax vocal and Richard Evans’ string drapery, deliberately and hauntingly evokes Billie Holiday’s orchestral sessions from the 1950s. In the category of funk, “Ten Minutes to Four” is almost a reworking of “1974 Blues” in the exotic 10/4 meter and, “Walk with Me” could have been a minor hit single with its catchy tune, wah-wah sax vocals and stentorian brass riffs. Finally, if for no other reason than ego (Harris admitted so himself), he tackles “Giant Steps” at a galloping Latin beat, the scattershot solo with the freak high notes all in his own style. Another fascinating installment in Harris’ long Atlantic period. – Richard S. Ginell

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