Don "Surgar Cane" Harris (Import) Sugar Cane's Got The Blues
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- Released: March 25, 2008
- Label: Mps
Down Beat - p.793.5 stars out of 5 -- "Go straight to the 14-minute title track: Harris' bowing of strings reveals the profound hurt inside a complex, troubled man."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.45) - "[A] '70s jazz-rock classic....There was a reason Harris was regularly referred to at the time as 'the Jimi Hendrix of the violin,' and from the moment he begins tearing up the solo section of his frenetic 10-minute jam 'Liz Pineapple Wonderful,' we get the idea like a jackhammer to the head."
- 1.Liz Pineapple Wonderful
- 2.Sugar Cane's Got the Blues
- 3.Song for My Father
- 4.Where's My Sunshine
Personnel: Don "Sugarcane" Harris (vocals, violin, electric violin); Terje Rypdal (guitar, electric guitar); Volker Kriegel (electric guitar); Wolfgang Dauner (keyboards, electronics); Neville Whitehead, Neville Whitehead (electric bass); Robert Wyatt (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Henning Birkenhake.
Liner Note Authors: Eugene Chadbourne; Achim Hebgen.
Recording information: Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany (11/07/1971).
Author: G”tz Michael Rieth.
Photographer: Hans Harzheim.
Translator: Consul Bodo Jacoby.
Unknown Contributor Role: Robert Wyatt.
The jazz-rock violinist Don "Sugar Cane" Harris, who came to prominence in the late 1960s with his fiery performances on Frank Zappa's HOT RATS, is given often inspired support on this early-'70s live set by some of Europe's most noted free-jazz and avant-garde rock musicians, including the then-Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt and the bassist Neville Whitehead. Harris demonstrates how he put jazz-rock violin playing on the map with four extended pieces, including Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," that combine technical wizardry with surprising sensitivity.
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