On the two original, classic Atlantic albums that comprise this collection, Harris convincingly sings the blues, and, in an innovative fashion, even sings through an electric saxophone. Highlights include a live version of Gershwin's classic "Our Love Is Here To Stay," and heartfelt blues offerings such as "Please Let Me Go" and "A Child Is Born."
2 LPs on 2 CDs: THE VERSATILE EDDIE HARRIS (1977)/SINGS THE BLUES (1972).
Personnel includes: Eddie Harris (vocals, saxophone, electric saxophone, piano, electric piano); Don Ellis (trumpet); Milko Leviev (piano, electric piano); Ronald Muldrow (guitar, guitar synthesizer); Rufus Reid (acoustic & electric basses); Bradley Bobo (bass, 6-string bass, background vocals);
Norman Fearington, Keith Kiligo, Paul Humphreys, Billy James (drums).
Producers includes: Eddie Harris, Ilhan Mimaroglu.
Originally released on Atlantic.
Personnel: Eddie Harris (vocals, saxophone, tenor saxophone, electric saxophone, piano); Bradley Bobo (vocals, 6-string bass); Sherie Ren‚ Scott (vocals); Ronald Muldrow (guitar, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer); Sol Bobrov, Edmund Bauer (violin); Bruce Hayden (viola); Karl B. Fruh (cello); Willie Henderson (baritone saxophone); Don Ellis, Frank Gordon (trumpet); Steven Galloway (trombone); Milcho Leviev, Muhal Richard Abrams (piano); Rufus Reid (upright bass, electric bass); Norman Fearrington, Keith Killgo, Paul Humphrey (drums); Marshall Thompson (percussion); Marilyn Haywood, Mary Ann Stewart (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Kim Taylor .
Recording information: Atlantic Studios, NY (02/08/1977-08/07/1981); Chicago State College (02/08/1977-08/07/1981).
This two-disc set from Collectables features a pair of out of print LPs by Eddie Harris: The Versatile Eddie Harris and Eddie Harris Sings the Blues, both originally issued on Atlantic in the mid-'70s. Highlights among the 16 tracks include the Harris original "Love Is Here to Stay," "Eddie Sings the Blues," and the John Coltrane classic "Giant Steps." These discs provide an entertaining combination of soul, jazz, and hard bop. ~ Al Campbell