Abstract (album)

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Abstract
Abstract (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1963[1]
RecordedNovember 22, 1961, and May 10, 1962
London, England
GenreJazz
Length45:16
LabelColumbia
33SX 1477
Joe Harriott chronology
Free Form
(1960)
Abstract
(1963)
Movement
(1963)

Abstract is an album by Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott, recorded in England in November 1961 and May 1962, and released on the Columbia (UK) label in February 1963.[1][2] It was released by Capitol Records in the United States.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Down Beat5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars [5]

Abstract was the first album by a British jazz group to be awarded five stars in a Down Beat review.[6]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars and in its review by Thom Jurek, he states "Abstract is wonderful; it shows that the Brits were taking the new jazz of the early '60s and placing a spin on it because they had a few players like Joe Harriott. Here is a musician deserving of a wide reappraisal. Let's hope he gets it".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Joe Harriott except "Subject", by Joe Harriott and John Mayer; "Oleo," by Sonny Rollins.

  1. "Subject" - 5:58
  2. "Shadows" - 5:44
  3. "Oleo" - 7:06
  4. "Modal" - 4:44
  5. "Tonal" - 5:08
  6. "Pictures" - 5:06
  7. "Idioms" - 6:26
  8. "Compound" - 5:04
  • Recorded in London, England on November 22, 1961 (tracks 5-8) and May 10, 1962 (tracks 1-4)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jazz for February". Jazz News & Review. Jazz News Ltd. 7 (5). 31 January 1963. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Joe Harriott Quintet "Abstract"". Gramophone. Compton Mackenzie. May 1963. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Down Beat: November 21, 1963, vol. 30, no. 30
  4. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 13, 2012
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 652
  6. ^ Robertson, Alan (2011). Joe Harriott: Fire in his Soul (2nd ed.). London: Northway Publications. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-9557888-5-7.