Rufus Harley: The Pied Piper Of Jazz
Represented on Label M’s compilation are several Atlantic albums from 1966-70. Besides his own handful of recordings, Harley has also appeared on albums by Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt and others. He plays flute on “More,” soprano saxophone on “Kerry Dancers,” tenor on “Taurus the 20th” and bagpipes on the others. With Sonny Stitt on “Pipin’ the Blues,” Harley wails on both tenor and ‘pipes. Similarly, “Flute Bag,” with Herbie Mann, cooks before a live audience to Mann’s inspired improvisation. Harley’s perfomances through the compilation range from so-so to excellent: an uneven recording career. His interesting persona, however, and his rare jazz instrument create enthusiasm among jazz devotees. Harley has been featured on Bill Cosby’s television series, The Cosby Show, honored as a guest of President Bill Clinton, appeared as a headliner at the Ford Jazz Festival in Montreux just this past year, and continues to impress nightclub audiences with his free spirit.
Track Listing: Feeling Good; Kerry Dancers; Scotch & Soul; Pipin
Personnel: Rufus Harley- bagpipes, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute; Billy Abner- drums; Roy Ayers- vibraharp; Oliver Collins- piano; James Glenn- bass; Robert Gossett- conga drums; Billy James- drums; Herbie Mann- flute; Walter Mosby (Don Patterson)- organ; Sonny Stitt- alto saxophone.
Record Label: Label M