Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eddie Harris - Instant Death

This is one of Eddie Harris's stronger Atlantic albums of the 1970s. Harris jamming on "Instant Death" is one of his most satisfying statements on the reed trumpet, guitarist Ronald Muldrow's "A Little Wes" is memorable and even the briefer pieces are worthwhile. In addition to Harris (who mostly plays his electrified tenor) and Muldrow, the group consists of keyboardist Richard Abrams, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Billy James and percussionist Henry Gibson. This long out-of-print LP is long overdue to be reissued on CD. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Eddie Harris
Album: Instant Death
Year: 1972 (Atlantic Recordings)
Label: Atlantic Masters (2004)
Runtime: 36:23

Tracks:
1.  Instant Death (Eddie Harris) 5:45
2.  A Little Wes (Ronald Muldrow) 7:30
3.  Zambezi Dance (Richard Abrams/Henry Gibson/Eddie Harris/Billy James/Ronald Muldrow) 4:09
4.  Summer's On Its Way (Eddie Harris) 7:46
5.  Nightcap (Eddie Harris) 5:08
6.  Superfluous (Eddie Harris) 3:18
7.  Tampion (Eddie Harris) 2:47

Personnel:
Eddie Harris (Saxophone [Electric Saxophone], Trumpet, Cowbell, Shaker, Voice [Horn Vocals], Effects)
Rufus Reid (Double Bass, Electric Bass)
Henry Gibson (Congas, Talking Drum)
Billy James (Drums, Kalimba)
Ronald Muldrow (Electric Guitar)
Muhal Richard Abrams (Electric Piano, Whistle [African Whistle])

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