29 June 2007


Joe Harriott for Jazzland Records in 1961.
The few recordings of Jamaican born saxophonist Joe Harriott have been hard to come by since they were initially released in the early '60s. One of the most famous is Free Form, recorded in London and released in 1960. Comparable to Ornette Coleman's recordings of the period, these eight pieces incorporate Harriott's hard bop influence, cutting through adventurous compositions including "Abstract," "Straight Lines," and "Impression." When listening to Free Form (or early Coleman for that matter) with a 21st century perspective, it's hard to imagine that this music was often considered intolerable upon release. It's unfortunate that Harriott and trumpeter/flügelhornist Shane Keane missed out on being as widely lauded as Coleman and Don Cherry finally became. In 1999 tenor saxophonist Ken Vandermark attempted to spotlight that ill-fated situation by releasing a disc of Harriott compositions, including three from Free Form, on his 1999 release Straight Lines. ~ Al Campbell, All Music Guide
Ripped @320 from the deleted Redial cd from 1998


Kreilly said...

This is a fantastic recording!


z000000p said...

Pat Smythe (piano); Coleridge Goode (bass); Phil Seaman (drums)

kreilly said it. z000000p agree.

Mike said...

Wow. I've know of JH for a long time, but never got round to actually hearing him - this is spectacular.

Like the reviewer - I find it hard to imagine that this was once considered "difficult"!

Bill Barton said...

Brilliant material! Thank you!!!!!

Höhlenmaler said...

I bought this freeForm today.
i like it, because i like free Jazz.

i didn't know joe harriott.

someone told me about indojazz Fusions etc, but @ the Store there was no disc or LP. ( I prefer LP )

So i found this
free Form Music .

Very good. The Sound Quality also is very good.

arshille said...

- just a quick line to say thank you for posting this wonderful music
linx okay
best wishes

sitarswami said...

Finally had a chance to listen to this. Wonderful. Thanks for the post.