Joe Harriott Quintet – The Rake’s Progress – At The BBC

Joe Harriott Quintet – The Rake’s Progress – At The BBC


  1. Idioms
  2. Thomas
  3. Here’s That Rainy Day
  4. Sub Cruise
  5. The Rake
  6. Spiritual Blues
  7. Merlin The Wizard
  8. Nardis
  9. Portrait Of A Young Lady
  10. Polka Dots & Moonbeams
  11. Blue ‘n’ Boogie
  12. Moanin’
  13. Round About Midnight
  14. Coda
  15. Tempo
  16. Calypso Sketches
  17. Count Twelve

TRACKS 1 – 6 – Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d). November 21st, 1964

TRACKS 7 – 11 – Joe Harriott (as), Ian Carr (tp), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Alan Green (d). January 2nd, 1966

TRACKS 12 – 17 – Joe Harriott (as), Les Condon (tp), Pat Smythe (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Phil Seamen (d). January 27th, 1961

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Controversial, creative and captivating, Joe Harriott’s music was among the finest to emerge from the dynamic British jazz scene of the early to late ‘60s. Freeform and Abstract, the two albums the Jamaican saxophonist recorded in that period are recognized as landmarks, and these BBC sessions from 1964 and 1966, which see him lead bands that include fellow prime movers such as trumpeters Ian Carr and Shake Keane, and pianists Pat Smythe and Michael Garrick are an invaluable record of the development of an artist who found his own innovative path way ahead of his time.

Sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre


‘the material included on this album was, as far as I know, not released previously anywhere, it is worth its weight in gold. Warmly recommended to all British Jazz fans anywhere on this planet.’ Adam Baruch

‘…committed and spirited across the very nearly 80 minutes of multi-hued, brash and effusive bop.’ Russell Newmark – The Beat

’79’59 minutes of brilliance.’  Michael Wilkinson