Joe Harriott – John Mayer Double Quintet – Partita

Joe Harriott - John Mayer Double Quintet – Indo-Jazz Fusions

Joe Harriott – John Mayer Double Quintet – Indo-Jazz Fusions

Thanks to the suggestion of my great friend Dill, this weeks sitar-tastic track is from the Joe Harriott – John Mayer Double Quintet’s Indo-Jazz Fusions album.

In 1966, at the behest of record producer Denis Preston, Anglo-Indian John Mayer and Jamaican Joe Harriott put together a double quintet, half jazzmen and half traditional Indian musicians. The group, recording under the name of Joe Harriott – John Mayer Double Quintet, released three albums: Indo-Jazz Suite, Indo-Jazz Fusions and Indo-Jazz Fusions II.

I heard the music when it first came out. An imaginative teacher of mine (name forgotten) used to open his classroom up one lunchtime a week to play an LP to anyone who cared to attend. The idea was to open ears to sounds beyond the pop music of the day. The music, as I recall, was mainly Jazz and I can vividly remember just 2 albums, one of the Indo-Jazz records and Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation by Ornette Coleman. (The Ornette Coleman album embodied by a Jackson Pollock painting on the front cover).

The track I’ve chosen from the five on the Indo-Jazz Fusions album is Partita. It is the longest but, to my ears, the unhurried development of the tune suits both the Jazz and the Indian aspects of the music

Joe Harriott – John Mayer Double Quintet – Partita

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  1. dill

    Thanks for the namecheck, Andy. That’s a great track. Soweto Kinch, who’s a belting musician in his own right, did a history of Black-British jazz on R2 last year (I think – they pass so quickly…), and played some Joe Harriott, ie with his own band. I got hold of a CD of his ‘Free Form’ album (c1960), which I’m thinking was a direct response to Ornette’s ‘Free Jazz’, and, where it’s nowhere near as free, it ain’t half good.

    I don’t know where you get the energy from, but keep ’em comin’.

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