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Indo-Jazz Suite by The Joe Harriott Double Quintet

Originally released by Atlantic Records in 1966, INDO-JAZZ SUITE has been one of the rarest jazz albums ever. Released with no fanfare or little acclaim - the time was the mod '60s, and it was neither "mainstream" nor was it "out" enough to be considered avant garde - it has nonetheless acquired a cult following. Violinist/composer John Mayer composed a "suite" for the jazz quintet of the underrated British saxophonist Joe Harriott and a small group of Indian musicians where there'd be "give and take" between the two, betwixt free-accented post-bop & Indian folk & classical music. While not a true fusion of jazz and Indian music, each group plays the melodies and motifs of the other, and the results are not only fascinating, but enjoyable to boot. Harriott plays with a rich, blues-drenched tone recalling Ornette Coleman at his best, trumpet master Kenny Wheeler plays beautiful, smoky "noir" trumpet and the tabla and harpsichord playing are entrancing. This SUITE is highly recommended to those who want to investigate the "origins" of world music fusion.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Joe Harriott Double Quintet
  • CD Title: Indo-Jazz Suite
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Koch Jazz
  • Rating: Five Stars
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