Eddie Harris He was a “free” jazz player, he never let the script be written by critics, and he always did what he wanted. Hearing his records one sees that he was an enjoyer. There is joy, carefree and the technique of a virtuoso never exhibitionist or narcissistic.
He liked movies a lot, a lot. Rare is the album where it doesn’t have a movie theme. His first big hit was his version of the theme of Exodus, composed by Ernest Gold for the movie of Preminger. He even dedicated an entire album to the soundtrack of Breakfast with diamonds from Mancini for Blake Edwards. He liked it so much that he wrote up a Movie Search Theme And even another Subject in search of a television commercial!
Bossa Nova, his “Brazilian” album, is one of the best in the genre. Miles Davis recorded his Freedom Jazz Dance, and his album with Les McCann live in Montreux in ’69, Swiss Movement, it is a classic, and one of jazz’s biggest bestsellers. Listen Here It was another highly successful song, and a bit of its trademark.
He liked to experiment and at one time he took the electric sax. He loved to sing, so we’ll start and close today’s list with him singing. The truth is, there is no need to explain who Eddie Harris was. He does it himself with his great sense of humor in Eddie Who?
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