<span style="font-size:1.5em"><span style="color:orange">JOE HARRIOTT QUINTET FREE FORM
Original Release 1961
Re Released 1998 Redial 2007 Gottdiscs
A certain view of jazz history has us believe that responsibility for the evolution of the music lies exclusively in American hands. This is both too deterministic and a slight upon the music's power to move and to influence. As early as the late 1930s European players were making innovations of their own at the same time as some Europeans were regarding jazz as akin to the spawn of Satan; the guitarist Django Reinhardt for example was contributing greatly to the jazz vocabulary of his chosen instrument. The same is true of bop, hard bop and the 'cool school',...