Eddie Harris

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The In Sound

Eddie Harris was one of the great jazz tenor saxophonists, but surprisingly few people seem to know this since his reputation as a player was massively outweighed by the headline facts that he electrified his saxophone and made lots of money with a string of commercial albums. Anyone who stops to listen, however, knows that Harris the tenor player pioneered improvised lines constructed with fourths, had an utterly unique dry and diamond-hard sound, and was the highest player ever, incorporating notes far above the normal range of the saxophone into his standard vocabulary, rather than just using them as special effects. He was also a brilliant composer. All of these essential traits are in evidence on this album, with Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, and Billy Higgins providing the world-class groove.