Joe Harriott + John Mayer Double Quintet: Joe Harriott (alto saxophone); John Mayer (violin, harpsichord); Shake Keane (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Taylor (flute); Pat Smythe (piano); Diwan Motihar (sitar); Chandrahas Paigankar (tambura); Coleridge Goode (bass); Alan Ganley (drums); Keshav Sathe (tabla).
The compilers of this CD wisely resisted dubbing it "Ragas and Ragtime," although that would have been an apt title. Surprisingly, it's also a compatible mix that finds saxophonist Joe Harriott and violinist John Mayer's unique fusion of styles in the same jewel case as Jazz at Jazz Ltd.'s traditional jazz virtuosity. The double quintet on 1967's Indo Jazz Fusions consists of Harriott's jazz quintet and Mayer's group of Indian instrumentalists. Little known outside of the British jazz scene, Harriott was well-regarded for his pursuit of Charlie Parker's legacy into freer terrain. That aspect, though, is downplayed on this project, where the focus is on the writing and arranging, and the