Eddie Harris

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Starting with this LP, Eddie Harris ended his flirtations with the mass market, choosing to record mostly in a straight-ahead, bop-rooted manner for a variety of small American and European labels for the rest of his life. His electronic experimentations did not end, though, and he puts them to marvelously musical use here, armed with a good trio -- Smith Dobson (piano), James Leary (bass), Eddie Marshall (drums) -- and some of his best original material in many years. The two Harris originals that light up the grooves most are the jubilant "Singing My Cares Away," with a great Harris tenor solo combining elements of bop and his patented funk manner, and "You Know It's Wrong," with its wondrous big band-like chorus for massed electric saxes. There is also a really stimulating take on Fiddler on the Roof's "Matchmaker" in 6/8 time, and the LP concludes with Eddie playing by himself again, on toneless piano and warm tenor. Worth seeking out.