Personalities | Eddie Harris | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, vocals, 1934–96)

Eddie Harris was one of the few jazz musicians to achieve the distinction of a million-selling hit single with his version of the theme from the film Exodus (1960). A funky, hard-blowing saxophonist from Chicago, he pioneered the use of electronics with tenor saxophone through the Varitone signal processor and similar devices from the mid-1960s. Harris also played several other instruments and sang; he had an expressive sound and polished technique in straight and exploratory jazz, as well as in crossover settings.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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