Originally issued by Venus Records in Japan, this Todd Barkan production brings the late sax master to the helm of a strong trio of Jacky Terrasson on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. And the term master, an overused cliche to be sure, is not used lightly here. And while we’re throwing around familiar jazz terms, let’s also fit Eddie Harris with that threadbare suit called underrated. Just as surely as he mastered the tenor saxophone with an unmistakable identity, Eddie Harris was criminally overlooked during his curious career. He never seemed to get out from under the cloak of gimmickry many clothed him in.
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