Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris was an eclectic and imaginative saxophonist whose career was marked by a hearty appetite for experimentation. The first jazz artist to release a gold-selling record, thanks to 1961's hit adaptation of the ‘Exodus’ movie theme; he was universally acknowledged as the best player of the electric Varitone saxophone, as heard on his hit 1967 album The Electrifying Eddie Harris; he was an underrated composer whose ‘Freedom Jazz Dance’ was turned into a standard by Miles Davis; he even invented his own instruments by switching brass and reed mouthpieces.
Plus, his 1969 set with Les McCann at the Montreux Jazz Festival was released as Swiss Movement, and became one of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time.
Courtesy of the All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)