Joe Harriott Genius
Archive live and studio tracks 1950s-70s. Classic, incredible moments from the vast history of British Jazz.
The Jamaican-born saxophonist Joe Harriott was one of the great innovators on the British jazz scene in the 1950s and 60s. His importance was celebrated with a tribute concert at the 2003 London Jazz Festival and with the publication of a biography in November. His freeform compositions were immensely tuneful, a marvellous amalgam of West Indian atmosphere, circus music, impressionism and jazz. In other words, totally unique. 'Genius' is a collection of tracks exploring Harriott's mainstream roots as well as the more progressive element. Accompanying him are such notable musicians as drummer Phil Seaman, saxophonist Tony Coe, pianist Michael Garrick, trumpeter Ian Carr and bassist Coleridge Goode. 'Genius' was originally released in 2000 but has been out of print for some time.
Due to the great interest in Joe Harriott and the difficulty of obtaining his recordings, it is now being re-released.
Personnel: Joe Harriott - alto saxophone, with Phil Seaman, Tony Coe, Michael Garrick, Ian Carr, Don Rendell, Coleridge Goode, Shake Keane, Dave Green and Trevor Tomkins
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