Gearbox Records is a British label that's specialized publishing jazz from the archives that has never been released before. Two releases we got in stock are these by cult legend Joe Harriott, a Jamaica-born jazz musicians who became one of the lesser known free jazz pioneers. From the mid-fifties onwards, his style became increasingly unconventional, and by the end of the decade, he'd carved out a niche that was about as original as the ones Ornette Coleman & co. had found for themselves.
Unfortunately, Harriott died in the early seventies, but not after having a profound influence on many European players. Interestingly, there has also been a renewed interest in his work in the past decade, as also Chicago musician Ken Vandermark recorded a tribute to Harriott's music (the "Straight Lines"-album).
We now have two releases available that only appeared on vinyl in exclusive limited editions of 500 beautifully designed copies:
* JOE HARRIOT QUINTET - Jazz For Moderns : a 12" EP (45rpm), a session recorded in 1962. Price: 24 euros (+ shipping)
* JOE HARRIOTT - Partying With Joe : a 180 gram LP, recorded in 1956. Price: 35 euros (+ shipping)