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Eddie HARRIS – I Need Some Money 1975

Posted in Eddie HARRIS, JAZZ on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Eddie HARRIS – I Need Some Money 1975
SD 1669

Jazz

No longer content to hide his voice behind a horn and an amp, Eddie Harris finally steps out as a singer in the first of a series of humorous hard-luck songs that would be the flagships of his next few LPs (one reason for this move, perhaps, was the title of this album, but his vocals didn’t produce any hits). Harris also fools with an electronic rhythm machine and electronic horn attachments that practically turn his sax into a synthesizer. In any case, the thing he still does best here is ride a groove, the best of which is the extremely danceable “Get on Down,” complete with Leon Thomas-like yodeling and a percussive vocal from the erstwhile sax master. “Carnival” also develops a head of steam when it starts to evoke a street celebration. There are indications, though, that Harris’ repertoire of funk sax licks is beginning to run a bit thin.
By Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide.
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A nice little funk album from Eddie, one that shouldn’t work, but does nicely, thanks to a unique approach to the groove! Eddie’s still playing plenty of electric sax on the set and is going for a sound here that’s equal parts soul jazz, modal groove, and down and dirty funk! The album kicks off with the catchy vocal number “I Need Some Money”, which features a chugging Varitone groove in the background. Other cuts mix up funk and soul, and add in touches of the “electric rhythm machine”, which was heard on a few earlier Harris albums for Atlantic. Very strange, but strangely nice and with the cuts “Bumpin”, “Get On Down”, “Carnival”, “That’s It”, and “Time To Do Your Thing”.
From Dusty Groove.
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Eddie Harris is one of the premire incorporators of funk into his jazz-fusion style. He was doing it before anyone, ‘cept maybe James Brown and a few others. This album is his most funky, and has a version of ‘I need some money’ that can’t be found on any other albulm. None of you crackers should be without this one in your collection
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Eddie Harris- (vocals, acoustic & electric saxophones,
reed trumpet, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, electric bass)
Frederick Walker- (vocals, African whistle, congas, timbales
tablas, talking drum, barrel drum)
Ronald Muldrow- (guitar, guitorgan, cabasa)
Rufus Reid- (acoustic & 6-string basses)
Bradley Bobo- (6-string bass)
Calvin Barnes- (drums, scraper, cuica, percussion)
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A1. I Need Some Money  3:10
A2. Get On Down  9:48
A3. Time To Do Your Thing  6:12
A4. Carnival  4:14
B1. Don’t Want Nobody  11:52
B2. Bumpin´  4:11
B3. That’s It  5:31
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