Eddie Harris

The In Sound/Mean Greens

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This two-fer combines two LPs from the 1965-1967 period. The In Sound is among tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris' most significant recordings, highlighted by the original version of his "Freedom Jazz Dance," and including a memorable rendition of "The Shadow of Your Smile," three standards and a blues. Harris is assisted by an all-star rhythm section (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins) and, on three selections, trumpeter Ray Codrington. The lesser-known Mean Greens set (comprised entirely of originals except for Harris' high-note treatment of "It Was a Very Good Year") utilizes the same personnel on the first four numbers and is just as exciting, with the calypso "Yeah Yeah Yeah" being a high point. The final three performances are more unusual, for Harris switches to electric piano and jams with a Latin rhythm section; included is the original (and somewhat obscure) recording of "Listen Here" which pre-dates his hit version by over a year. Overall, a well-rounded and highly recommended set.

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