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Harras (Bailey-Zorn-Parker album - cover art).jpg
Live album by Derek Bailey, John Zorn & William Parker
Released January 30, 1996
Recorded 1993
Genre Avant-garde
Length 57:34
Label Avant Avan 056
Producer Derek Bailey & John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Masada: Vav
John Zorn's Cobra: Tokyo Operations '94

Harras is an album of improvised music by Derek Bailey, John Zorn & William Parker. The album was released on the Japanese Avant label in 1996. Towards the end of the track "Evening Harras" there is 10 minutes of silence followed by a Bailey solo. "According to Derek Bailey, the abrupt cutoff was planned. Derek wanted to end it "on a high". The Bailey solo material appended after the silence was apparently Zorn's idea."[1]


The Allmusic review by Dean McFarlane awarded the album 3 stars stating "Evidently the candid session that took place on a night in New York resulted in a chaotic collision of ideas. With the performers being such strong voices individually, the abundant ideas fly in and out of the picture with no apparent regard to form; the session evolves from tepid beginnings into a no-holds-barred, rapid-fire assault on the senses. Fans of ultra-high-energy free improvisation will find it a delight to hear these three masters sparring on this one-off collaboration, making Harras a vital historical document which requires the gumption of a hardened avant-garde music fan to take the whole recording in one listen".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Morning Harras" - 12:35
  2. "Noon Harras" - 8:59
  3. "Evening Harras" - 36:00
All compositions by Bailey/Parker/Zorn
Recorded by James McLean live at the Knitting Factory, New York City



  1. ^ Zorn mailing list FAQ accessed July 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b McFarlane, D. Allmusic Review accessed June 7, 2011