5 January 2008

Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons

Following up the Harriott posting a couple of weeks back, here, as promised, is the earlier Southern Horizons, originally out on the Jazzland label, and inexplicably, never reissued.

This is Harriott on the verge of the free form/abstract period, but here, still anchored in the hard bop mode. This is stylish, elegant, tight, swinging; whatever label of appreciation you want to attach to it, this is still fresh music, close to fifty years after its creation. In content, it reflects his earlier 50s output as documented on recent compilations such as Killer Joe. He was to step into uncharted waters on his next release, Free Form, and to earn a name as an innovator and to draw perhaps unwarranted comparisons with the Ornette Coleman Quartet. For those looking for experimentation, better consult Free Form than this one. For those apprecating late 50s mainstream bop mode, look no further. If there was a poll of British contributions to jazz history, Harriott would be high on the list, even though he hailed from the Caribbean. He was later to innovate in a different direction by his collaboration with John Mayer on the indo-jazz fusions. However, by the end of the 60s his style was out of fashion and he ended his life as a pauper with very possessions apart from his alto sax.

This record sticks to the quintet line-up of sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums (as on Movement), but with the added pizzazz of a superb bongos player on a couple of tracks, just to heighten the sense of hepness to the proceedings.

Partly original compositions, partly covers (including a dynamic take on Caravan), this was Harriott's first long-playing record as a leader.


(side 1)

1. Still Goofin'

2. Count Twelve

3. Senor Blues

4. Southern Horizons

5. Jumpin' with Joe

(side 2)

6. Liggin'

7. Caravan

8. You Go To My Head

9. Tuesday Morning Swing


Joe Harriott - alto sax

Hank Shaw - trumpet (on 1, 2, 3 and 5)

Shake Keane - trumpet, flugelhorn (on 4, 6, 7, 8
and 9)

Coleridge Goode - bass

Bobby Orr - drums

Frank Holder - bongos (on 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9)

Recorded on London, England, May 5, 1959 (tracks 1, 2, 3 and 5) and April 8 and 21, 1960 (tracks 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9)

Released as Jazzland JLP 37.

Interesting piece of trivia: Among the record engineers was a certain Joe Meek who would later go on to fame and fortune in his own right. Anybody recall "Telstar"?

Please note that another rip of this record can be found and downloaded at this site: http://shimanchu-devil.blogspot.com/2007/08/


kinabalu said...

High-quality mp3 version here:


Audio-freak quality version here:




Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting such a great album. I've only heard Joe Harriotts album Abstract which is killer. Thanks again


arshille said...

- just a quick line to say thank you for posting this wonderful music
linx okay
best wishes to all

Anonymous said...

Thank you. All I know of Harriott's is Free Form, so I'm listening forward to this!

Anonymous said...

Many many thanks for the Harriotts - I gave up looking for them decades ago!

GregP said...

Thank you *VERY* much for posting this and the other Harriott lps. I don't so much as know anyone who has even seen one in the flesh, so my chances of ever hearing them were nothing-to-zero. Thanks for the opportunity to hear such satisfying music.

Anonymous said...

Just coming across this awesome set now. Thanks for being such a great resource for helping me explore and define my jazz tastes! - G

Anonymous said...

Has anybody noticed the dreadful mistake made in the pressing of this LP? It would seem that the engineer got one tape being one of the two channels and thought it was a mono tape of the album and mastered it. If you listen you can hear that the two horns have an echo effect as if they were coming from the other channel! it's unlistenable. I guess as it was not released in the UK nobody noticed.

blbs said...

RS links are death... Any chance to reup it in flac files, please?

Thank you very much

Musrafak said...

Thanks so much, Kinabalu

kinabalu said...

New links:



Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Dear Kinabalu - thank you for the re-up and for widening my horizon ;-)
Herzlichen Dank!

Anonymous said...

hello, thank you for sharing this. All the same, more or less since the post came up, the RS page reads "Contains no data. Edit this Share to add data." I try to avoid Mega, or any site which habitually asks whether it can store data on your computer. (Well — at least they ask, you might say.) msj

kinabalu said...

Try this:


kinabalu said...

Onx - freut mich!

Anon - I'm not aware of Mega dropping data on my computer(s). If so, I haven't noticed. If you're being asked in advance, you do have the option of saying no.

kinabalu said...

I should perhaps add that Harriott was indeed a horizon-widener and more than once!

Anonymous said...

thank you for the working RS link. msj

Anonymous said...

about Mega (and Rapidgator), if their ethics are bad enough to ask, then who knows whether they take your no in good faith. msj

danair said...

Thanks very much for re-upping this one.

SlexaUran said...

It would be great if someone re-up links for Joe Harriott.