Beaver Harris

From Ragtime to No Time

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This is a most unusual album. Drummer Beaver Harris was generally most associated with the avant-garde, but on the first side of this LP, he utilizes such trad jazz players as trumpeter Doc Cheatham, clarinetist Herb Hall and valve trombonist Marshall Brown; plus, Maxine Sullivan has two vocals. The four songs are originals by Harris, Roy Burrows and Dave Burrell, and they allows the veteran mainstream musicians to improvise in a more modern setting (with pianist Burrell, Harris and either Ron Carter or Jimmy Garrison on bass). The flip side has a more modern group playing the two-part "Round Trip"; among the musicians are Howard Johnson on baritone and bass clarinet, flutist Keith Marks, a variety of percussionists, and singer Bill Willingham. The idea behind Harris' original version of the 360 Degree Music Experience was to improve communication between several generations of jazz musicians, and this project works quite well.

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