Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris Goes to the Movies

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With the wine-and-candlelight string backdrops of Dick Marx throwing velvet drapery in back of a lush tenor sax, this LP oozes the mood-music formula so favored by pop record producers in mid-century America. Eddie Harris, to be sure, also follows some sturdy antecedents in this bag -- Charlie Parker, for one -- and he does well, coming up with some intricately curled bop runs within the limited time frames of each track and imprinting his own distinctive tone and phrasing on each well-worn tune. You can probably guess some of the tried-and-true choices -- "Laura," "Moonglow," "Tonight," "Green Dolphin Street" et al -- most of them slow ballads, or for a change of pace, a mild, perhaps Latin-accented bounce. A period piece, but seductive if you're in the mood.

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