Come on Down/Reason Why [Limited Edition] [Remastered]
Eddie Harris received a lot of critical flak in the 1970s from jazz purists for his experiments in hard-driving soul-jazz and his forays into stand-up comedy. Those jazz purists should avoid this two-disc set, which brings together a couple of Harris albums from the era. COME ON DOWN! is a sweet, groove-oriented outing featuring original compositions and some fine blowing from Harris. THE REASON I'M TALKING S**T showcases Harris as bawdy comic, riffing on extended dirty jokes while his band chimes in now and then to break up the monologues. This is by no means Charlie Parker, but it has its place.