Joe Harriott: Fire in His Soul (2nd)
By: Alan Robertson (author)Hardback
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'Parker? There's them over here can play a few aces too.' Measuring himself alongside his mentor Charlie Parker, Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott had no doubts about his talent and abilities - and with good reason. A brilliant instrumentalist and a visionary in the development of jazz, Harriott gained legions of admirers for his fiery playing in Britain and beyond before embarking on a quest to extend the limits of the music. His unique concept of free form, evolved independently of American developments, heralded the emergence of contemporary European jazz. Later, with John Mayer, he pioneered cross-cultural fusions of jazz and Indian music. Neglected in his lifetime by an unappreciative arts establishment, Harriott produced a body of recorded work that is increasingly influential and widely acclaimed. Alan Robertson's book, based on the author's extensive interviews with many of those who knew Joe best, has been revised and updated to include important new material giving an even richer picture of the triumphs and tragedies of Harriott's remarkable life.
Alan Robertson is an Edinburgh writer who first became interested in Joe Harriott through reading Ina Carr's book, Music Outside. He listened to Harriott's music and became fascinated by the man, his life story and his achievements. Following his interest to its logical conclusion, he interviewed dozens of people and, with the support of his wife Lorna and son Grant, he wrote his first book, the biography of Joe Harriott. Following publication, he became aware of some significant people who knew Harriott and was able to draw on further interviews for this second edition.
Foreword. 1. Very much taken with his instrument. 2. The London Scene 1951. 3. Building a reputation. 4. A fence over which few are prepared to step. 5. So far nobody has thrown anything at us. 6. America takes notice. 7. Poetry and jazz in concert. 8. The many sides of Joe Harriott. 9. Gigging around. 10. Proving Kipling wrong: East meets West. 11. Whatever happened to Joe Harriott lately? 12. Free fall. 13. In pretty dire straits. 14. The legacy of Joe Harriott. 15. Notes. 16. Records. 17. Acknowledgements. 18. Index.
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