THE BARGAIN BUY: Joe Harriott Double Quintet; Indo-Jazz Suite

 |   |  1 min read

Joe Harriott/John Mayer: Raga Megha
THE BARGAIN BUY: Joe Harriott Double Quintet; Indo-Jazz Suite

Long before there was the new John Mayer, there was the violinist/composer John Mayer from India whose name is on the cover of this album from '66 when the great and often overlooked Jamaican-born British saxophonist Joe Harriott linked up with him for this, the first of three such albums, to attempt a fusion of jazz and Indian music.

There was a lot of Indian music in the air at the time -- largely due to the Beatles and specifically George Harrison -- but the connection in the jazz world went back further to John Coltrane.

Superficially the two music would seem to have something in common -- exploration and improvisation -- but pulling that off is harder than it seems.

With twin quintets of Indian players and Harriott's group (with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler), they here essayed four pieces by Mayer, two of them ragas, the first two more favouring the jaz blues'n'swing end of the spectrum.

Although not a lost classic -- but Harriott's career in avant-garde jazz before this album, and this fusion area, is well worth investigating -- this music is certainly rich and rewarding.

JB_logoAnd at the ridicously low price of $10 at JB HiFi stores here, this is undeniably a bargain . . . even if the liner notes are all in Japanese.

The two Indo-Jazz Fusion albums by Harriott/Mayer which followed this are highly recommended also, once you've got the taste.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Madonna, Ray of Light

THE BARGAIN BUY: Madonna, Ray of Light

By the time Madonna delivered Ray of Light in 1998, she had so sorely tested the patience of any serious liseners that -- despite critical acclaim and awards -- it went past far too many. Those... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Ramones; Anthology (Warners)

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Ramones; Anthology (Warners)

This is easy: any album which makes it into the Essential Elsewhere list is obviously recommended (for one reason or another, the list is absurdly diverse). But this one gets through on sheer... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Django Bates: Saluting Sgt Pepper (Edition)

Django Bates: Saluting Sgt Pepper (Edition)

Although you couldn't fault the timing of this album by British keyboard player/conductor/arranger Bates and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the result is somewhat less engaging. The 50th... > Read more

Elsewhere's Wish You Were Here cocktail for summer

Elsewhere's Wish You Were Here cocktail for summer

There are few things more pleasant than gently frying your brain in the summer sun (with Factor 5 and a hat of course), so in the interests of public health Elsewhere offers this recipe for a... > Read more