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  breath of life » EDDIE HARRIS / “Exodus”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Eddie Harris was very aware of this separation and spent part of his career bringing jazz to audiences who didn’t necessarily love jazz and, yet, at the same time he was deeply involved in advancing jazz and not merely engaged in pandering to pop audiences.
Eddie Harris, like many jazz musicians of his era, found a warm reception in Europe, even if the audiences were sometimes rhythm-less in their enthusiasm, hence you hear his comments at the end of the scat feature, which was recorded in 2000 on the album, Live In Berlin.
Eddie says they stopped the song because some people were clapping out of time, but he doesn’t sound angry about it, merely aware that audience participation is a two-edged sword when you have audiences who are not from the root culture of the music.
www.kalamu.com /bol/2005/09/25/eddie-harris-exodus   (843 words)

 JJA Library
And as the song suggests, Harris -- a wizardly musician, oddball inventor, trash-talking monologist, and stylistic innovator of the first rank, who appeared on more than 50 albums and sold more than two million copies of his first record -- remained equally aware that lots of listeners had no idea who he was.
Eddie Harris, born (1934) and raised in Chicago before moving on to L.A. in the 1960s, died November 5.
And in the 70s, Eddie's between-songs patter grew to become a major part of his onstage persona, revealing his delightfully skewed sense of humor and a real handle on blue and sometimes filthy comedy -- enough so that in 1976 he could issue an album composed entirely of improvised monologs.
www.jazzhouse.org /library/index.php3?read=tesser1   (2306 words)

Eddie Harris, the Chicago-born multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and arranger is a genuine original whose accomplishments as an innovative and creative Jazz musician were far greater than the level of recognition and respect he was accorded.
It has been said that the first mistake Harris made was to achieve a massive hit with his debut recording; the second was developing a passion for experimentation; and the third was his flirtation with rock and funk music.
Harris went on to make six more albums for the Vee Jay label over the next three years, playing straight-ahead, boppish tenor saxophone interpretations of standards and also making his mark as a gifted composer of original themes.
www.ubiquityrecords.com /eddie_harris.html   (433 words)

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Eddie Harris was born in Richland, Georgia on December 28th, 1948.
Eddie is told by many that he sings like Elvis Presley but his talent is God-given and it's an honor to hear people say this.
Eddie knows that if it wasn't for the Lord he wouldn't be where he is today and gives all the Glory to Him.
www.eddieharrismusic.com   (513 words)

 Jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris dead at 62   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Harris, a tenor saxophone virtuoso who moved easily between jazz and pop music and was well-known for his 1961 recording of The Theme from Exodus, has died.
Harris, who suffered from bone cancer and kidney disease, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital.
A native of Chicago, Harris was also known for fusing jazz and rock with a variety of invented electrical instruments.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/features/96/11/09/harris-obit.0-1.html   (166 words)

 The Best of Eddie Harris: 3/10/04
Harris is a musical chameleon who explored the outer reaches of his audience's ability to adapt in a 35-year career that veered from straight bop to electric jazz to jazz-funk and even a stab at a somewhat raunchy nightclub comedy act.
That said, during the '60s, he was one of the most melodic, inventive sax players on the scene, and this 1969 collection -- whose 1989 CD version adds a generous five tracks and 25 minutes to the original LP -- is all the evidence required.
Perhaps the highlight of Harris' career was his all-too-brief teaming with Les McCann at 1969's Montreaux Jazz festival, chronicled on the album Swiss Movement, co-credited to McCann and Harris.
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 Eddie Harris Remembered
Eddie's music was played, not only by him on tape, but by his musician friends and ex-band members.
Eddie Harris, a tenor saxophone virtuoso whose 1961 recording of the theme from the movie "Exodus" was one of the earliest jazz-pop hits, has died at 62.
Harris emulated the smooth bop style of Stan Getz, while other tenor players were adopting the earthier styles of Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins.
www.cyberstars.com /jazz/les-mccann/eddie.html   (653 words)

 Bagatellen: Eddie Harris - Live At Newport (Atlantic)
Important documents such as The In Sound, The Electrifying Eddie Harris, Free Speech and Excursions have drifted in and out of print in the digital era, sometimes with inferior remastering, sometimes with tracks abridged or removed altogether in order that two original albums can be crammed together on one 80 minute disc.
Here is Eddie Harris as James Brown, telling the band how and where to start, but also three steps ahead of them at every turn.
The saxophone-style mouthpieces Harris designed for trumpet and trombone were intended to be a boon to brass players; at the conclusion of this record, you can hear Harris give an explanation of just how to the Newport audience.
www.bagatellen.com /archives/row/000509.html   (1309 words)

Harris could bop with the best, but refused to be taken prisoner by the jazz fundamentalists.
Field shouts, churchy call and response, booty-shaking rhythms, the coolest R&B sounds: Eddie Harris knew they were all cut from the same African cloth.
On stage with Eddie Harris, he made the wise decision to step back and let his buddy do his own thing.
www.enjarecords.com /cd.php?nr=ENJ-9336   (207 words)

 Eddie Harris :A Tale of Two Cities
Harris, a Chicago native, is one of the distinctive major tenor players to hail from that city, but for whatever reason he never received the recognition one might expect.
Eddie does an unusual balladic turn on “Lover Man”, offering a smoky Ben Webster-style tone in the lower registers and a Gene Ammons sound in the middle and upper reaches of the horn.
Harris’ version of “I Can’t Get Started” is performed in a pseudo-vintage style that seems to predate the sound of Coleman Hawkins, utilizing a honking RandB sound with lots of unfashionable vibrato.
www.jazzitude.com /harris_twocities.htm   (563 words)

 African American Registry: The "Electrifying" Eddie Harris
Throughout his career, Harris was a tireless experimenter, playing saxophones with brass mouthpieces and vice versa.
Eddie Harris was a one-of-a-kind, nonconformist multi-instrumentalist whose first recording, a saxophone rendition of the theme from the movie Exodus (1961), was a pop instrumental hit.
Harris went to become one of the first jazz musicians to "plug in," playing his horn through a Varitone attachment, which netted him another hit, 1966's "The Tender Storm.” Later, he sang through a synthesized saxophone, and employed a guitarist on a customized instrument that was made to sound like a Hammond B-3 organ.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/577/The_Electrifying_Eddie_Harris   (265 words)

 'The Best Of Eddie Harris' by Eddie Harris on Etherbeat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Any album claiming to be the best of Eddie Harris would have to have Exodus and SOMETHING from Swiss Movement.
This is a CD of the '65 - '73 period, featuring Harris on tenor sax, often embellished with a Conn multivider and studio manipulation.
And the mix sounds as if Harris were in the linen closet while the rhythm section was in the studio.
www.etherbeat.com /albuminfo/index.cfm/albumID/127   (422 words)

 Remembering "Eddie Who?"
Eddie and Sally have been all over the world, and they took one powerful lesson from their experiences: don't eat the food.
Eddie felt that one of the reasons he did not receive the same kind of recognition as some other major jazz artists was that he just did not fit the stereotype of the jazz musician.
Eddie felt that the choices he made and the opinions he held hurt his chances to enter the jazz pantheon.
www.shout.net /~cujba/newsletters/janfeb97/eddiewho.html   (864 words)

 Blue Note Records
Eddie Harris was one of the funkiest tenor saxophonists in modern jazz.
Who better, then, to pay tribute to the wondrous Harris, who died on November 5, 1996 at age 62 of bone cancer and kidney disease, than Ronnie Laws, a seamless soprano saxophonist at home both as a traditionalist and crossover artist.
Laws was in touch with Harris in the weeks before he died.
www.bluenote.com /artistpage.asp?ArtistID=3510&tab=1   (982 words)

 Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris was born in Chicago in 1935.
Harris first played in the bop style, but his interest in employing novel methods and reaching larger audiences made itself apparent soon after he finished military service in 1961.
In 1966 Harris adopted the electric tenor saxophone; this was a conventional instrument played through a signal processor, the Varitone.
www.members.tripod.com /~hardbop/eddieh.html   (420 words)

 Eddie Harris: A Tale of Two Cities - PopMatters Music Review
Eddie Harris, one of the four, sums it up best after a live run through of "Cherokee": "Those of you who'd like to know who I am, ask the person seated next to you',' he says, waiting a beat for the inevitable laughs.
As these live cuts recorded in 1978 and 1983 prove, Harris should be known for more than a couple of pop hits and his pioneering use of the electric saxophone.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is also better known than Harris, though more for the fact that his was blind or could play three horns at once than for his talents as a composer and performer.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/h/harriseddie-tale.shtml   (1202 words)

 Eddie Harris : Mean Greens - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Eddie Harris' trademark chops and versatility are well showcased on this respectable follow up to Harris' excellent Atlantic debut, the In Sound.
Mean Greens doesn't have a signature piece, like the In Sound's "Freedom Jazz Dance," but the program of mostly Harris originals is a satisfying set based around two groups: one with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins; the other with organist Sonny Philips, and Harris doubling on electric piano.
The three blues-based grooves, with the double keyboard attack of organist Phillips and Harris' Fender Rhodes, have a fresh, distinctive, flavor, as Phillips' B-3 and the leader's electric piano weave together some savory funk and blues.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,99222,00.html   (352 words)

 Eddie Harris | Greater Than The Sum Of His Parts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Chicago tenor man Eddie Harris (1934-1996) already had nearly a dozen albums and one huge hit single (”Exodus”) to his credit when he signed to Atlantic Records in 1965.
Eddie Harris had one of the most distinctive tones on tenor — a pinched cry of joy — and was, undoubtedly, the most characteristic of practitioners on the electrified Varitone sax (which is heard to ample effect on two full LPs included here).
Another Harris classic, “1974 Blues”; is here as well as the eclectic electric homage, “Coltrane's View.” Throughout, Harris gives his Varitone sound a warm personality that does not make it sound as odd or out of place as its electric weirdness might suggest.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=2838   (703 words)

 Shame to Glory Ministries, Inc.
Both Eddie and Patricia are in leadership ministry within their local church and continue to serve faithfully.
She is the wife of military veteran, Eddie Harris and the mother of three children, Denyel, Earl and Amira.
Eddie and Patricia accept donations as a seed offering for their continued work in the Lord.
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 Amazon.com: The Artist's Choice: The Eddie Harris Anthology: Music: Eddie Harris   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
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.
During the seventies Eddie invented an electric device to attach to his saxophone as well as a trumpet played with a reed.
Eddie Harris's styles throughout his career range all the way from peaceful acoustic ballads to jaw-dropping funk.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000003359?v=glance   (1100 words)

HARRIS, EDDIE - E.H. in the U.K. Atlantic
Harris opens up with the bluesy Baby where he’s scatting through his sax, sticking to the melody like vocals would.
Gene Harris was the piano player for the Blue Note group the Three Sounds.
www.soulstrut.com /reviews/list.php?category=Jazz&page=33   (351 words)

 Eddie Harris
A Tale Of Two Cities captures the electrifying Eddie Harris "live" in San Francisco and Chicago.
It very well might be the definitive documentation showcasing all of the various facets Eddie encompassed in his music.
Eddie Harris was one of a kind; jazz never saw the likes of a multi-dimensional artist of this caliber before, and probably never will again.
www.hyenarecords.com /eddie_harris.htm   (122 words)

 ♫ Crazy Beat Records -Eddie Harris
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 Eddie Harris : Tale of Two Cities - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
This CD from the short-lived Night label features the talented tenor Eddie Harris on two different occasions.
From 1978 Harris is caught live at Keystone Korner in San Francisco, playing four superior standards plus his famous hit "Listen Here" while joined by pianist Jack Wilson, bassist Herbie Lewis and drummer Eddie Marshall.
The recording quality is good and Harris sounds somewhat inspired on both occasions, emphasizing his roots in bebop while still sounding contemporary and original.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,99193,00.html   (242 words)

 JR.com: Eddie Harris - The In Sound/Mean Greens in Music: Saxophone:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
MEAN GREENS: Personnel: Eddie Harris (tenor saxophone, electric piano); Ray Codrington (trumpet, tambourine, percussion); Cedar Walton (piano); Sonny Phillips (organ); Ron Carter, Melvin Jackson (bass); Bucky Taylor (drums, percussion); Billy Higgins (drums); Ray Barretto (bongas, congas).
An excellent collection that pairs Eddie Harris's 1965 THE IN SOUND with his 1966 date MEAN GREENS, this is a classic post-bop set of the first order.
Though Harris later dabbled in other genres, his blowing here, while inventive and fresh, is rooted in tradition, placing these among his best straight-ahead jazz albums.
www.jr.com /xs-eddie-harris-the-in-sound-mean-greens-in-music-saxophone--pi!3915412.html   (680 words)

 Eddie Harris - CONNECT, Powered By Sony
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.
Harris' tastes ranged across the spectrum of fl music, not all of which was deemed acceptable by jazz purists.
He had the chops to handle technically demanding bop, and the restra...
musicstore.connect.com /artist/101/301/2/1013012.html   (114 words)

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