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Joe Harriott

Free Form & Abstract Revisited (2CD)

Label: ezz-thetics

Format: 2CD

Genre: Jazz

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Unheard music from this key reedman on the British avant scene in the 60s – This double album features Joe Harriott working with a quintet that includes Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Phil Seaman on drums, and Coleridge Goode on bass – playing in territory that's somewhat in the neighborhood of his Abstract and Free Form albums. 'Abstract is split over two dates some months apart, with some change of focus over the set. Free Form has more of the drama of a single creative moment. By some later standards, Harriott’s innovations might even seem cautious. On every track, at least one of the familiar parameters – tonality, regular rhythm, timbre – is retained as Harriott weighs anchor and pushes off into deeper waters. This is exciting music as much for what it retains as what it rejects. The reading of Rollins’ famous Oleo on Abstract is probably the clearest expression of what is special and different about these records, but the opening “Subject” on the same album jumps straight into a sound-world which is both more alien and more traditional than anything Ornette ever dared. – Brian Morton.

Cat. number: ezz-thetics 2-1121
Year: 2021
Tracks 1-1 to 1-8 recorded November 1960, tracks 2-5 to 2--8 on November 22, 1961 and tracks 2-1 to 2-4 on May 10, 1962, in London.

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