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Joe Harriott

Joseph Arthurlin 'Joe' Harriott was a Jamaican jazz musician and composer, whose principal instrument was the alto saxophone. Initially a bebopper, he is now widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide pioneers of free jazz. He was educated at Kingston's famed Alpha Boys School, which produced a number of prominent Jamaican musicians. He moved to the UK as a working musician in 1951 and lived in the country for the rest of his life. Harriott was part of a wave of Caribbean jazz musicians who arrived in Britain during the 1950s, including Dizzy Reece, Harold McNair, Harry Beckett and Wilton Gaynair. While recovering from tubercolosis in 1958, Harriott developed his own style of free jazz independently from Ornette Coleman, although he used a piano-based quintet (sax, trumpet, piano, drums, bass)

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The Jazz Avant-Garde in the 1960s (1960 - 1966)

Read "The Jazz Avant-Garde in the 1960s (1960 - 1966)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Nurtured in the seminal recordings of Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor in the mid to late 1950s, the jazz avant—garde came into its own in the 1960s with their continuing creations, those of John Coltrane already featured in this program and those of next generation players, Joe Harriott and Albert Ayler. Defining statements of the free ...

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context

Read "The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience In Context Various authors/Edited by Francesco Martinelli 741 Pages ISBN: 13 978 1 78179 446 3 Equinox Publishing 2018 It's taken some time, about a century in fact, but finally, thanks chiefly to editor and jazz historian Francesco ...

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Sarathy Korwar & The UPAJ Collective: My East Is Your West

Read "My East Is Your West" reviewed by Chris May

Indo-jazz fusion has distinguished ancestry in Britain. The music took shape in the mid to late 1960s, when a string of extraordinary albums, each with one foot in Indian classical music and the other in post-bop jazz, were recorded by guitarist Amancio D'Silva and violinist John Mayer. Both featured empathetic jazz musicians (Joe Harriott, Don Rendell, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Noirish

Read "Noirish" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

More music that could work very well as soundtrack for an imaginary film noir... with some spaghetti-western variations. Happy Listening! And if you like what you hear, listen to the first part of this noir investigation. Playlist Guano Padano, “A Country Concept" from Guano Padano (Important) 0:00 Guano ...

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Mondo Jazz: Walking

Read "Mondo Jazz: Walking" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome to the first Mixcloud podcast on All About Jazz. It contains the first episode of Mondo Jazz, a new radio show devoted to international jazz airing every Wednesday night from 10 PM to midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn. Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in ...

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Joe Harriott; Free Form

Joe Harriott; Free Form

Yesterday I posted about Jamaican tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair. Today, I want to hip you to Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Like Gaynair, Harriott was educated at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston. And like Gaynair, Harriott moved to Europe, but instead of relocating to Germany, he settled in the U.K. in 1951 and became a ...

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Roger Garfitt, Nikki Iles, John Williams Octet: In All My Holy Mountain

Read "In All My Holy Mountain" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The amalgamation of poetry with jazz is not a new concept. Jack Kerouac was reading his words accompanied by Steve Allen on piano on the album Poetry For The Beat Generation way back in 1959 and over the water in 1963 The Michael Garrick Trio with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane released the EP Blues For ...

Jazz From Around the World: Asia

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Asia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Asia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse continent. It is, therefore, hard to distill all its jazz influenced musical legacies into 10 albums. Some countries have robust jazz scenes that, nevertheless, are fundamentally derivative of European and American styles. In other musical cultures jazz has just recently made inroads. Below are 10 historic records that ...


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