Eddie Harris October 20, — November 5, was an American jazz musician, best known for playing tenor saxophone and for introducing the electrically amplified saxophone. He was also fluent on the electric piano and organ.
Harris was born and grew up in Chicago. His father was originally from Cubaand his mother from Mississippi. He later studied music at Roosevelt Universityby which time he was proficient on piano, vibraphoneand tenor saxophone. While in college, he performed professionally with Gene Ammons. A shortened version of this track, which featured his masterful playing in the upper register of the tenor saxophone, was heavily played on radio and became the first jazz record ever to be certified gold.
InAtlantic released The In Sounda bop album that won back many of his detractors. Over the next few years, he began to perform on electric piano and the electric Varitone saxophone,  and to perform a mixture of jazz and funk that sold well in both the jazz and rhythm and blues markets. The album's lead track, "Listen Here", was issued as a single, climbing to No. Harris released several different versions of his composition over the years, including both studio and live concert recordings.
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2: Vogels, Pluimvee, Huisdieren, Vee early Atlantic album, Mean Greensfeaturing him on electric piano. He was to re-work the track two years later, stretching it out to over seven minutes in length, for his iconic sax solo version. The whole track appeared on both sides of the Atlantic hit single, edited into two parts. Although the musicians had been unable to rehearse, their session was so impressive that a recording Eddie Harris - Get On Up And Dance it was released by Atlantic as Swiss Movement.
Harris also came up with the idea of the reed trumpet, playing one for the Eddie Harris - Get On Up And Dance time at the Newport Jazz Festival. Eddie moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in the s. From tohe experimented with new instruments of his own invention the reed trumpet was a trumpet with a saxophone mouthpiece, the saxobone was a saxophone with a trombone mouthpiece, and the guitorgan was a combination of guitar and organwith singing the blueswith jazz-rock he Und Schlägt Der Bauch Auch Falten!
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Inhowever, he alienated some of his audience with his album The Reason Why I'm Talking S--twhich consisted mainly of comedy. He then signed with RCA Records and recorded two albums. In the s and s, Eddie recorded with over 10 independent labels, internationally, where he enjoyed a loyal following. Harris died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on November 5,at the age of With Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
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