A mighty assortment of early work from Brit jazz legend Joe Harriott – landmark stuff from the height of the mid 50s London scene! Killer Joe pretty much lives up to title's promise – and it works as a tight collection of Joe's early work as a soloist and leader of tight quartet, plus a portrait of his role as an integral player in the British jazz scene of the time – with Joe's alto sax genius right in the middle of all of it! The styles run from a fiery and frentic bop to some cooler sounds, string-enhanced mood pieces to some trad leaning bigger arrangements – and it's nice stuff all the way through! Other players to be heard include drummer Tony Kinsey, Bill Le Sage on vibes, percussionist/
conga player Buddy Pipp, the great Ronny Scott on tenor sax, and many more. The 2CDs include some of the earliest stuff by the Joe Harriott Quartet, plus some of Joe's work as a player for the Tony Kinsey Trio, Buddy Pipp's Highlifers, vocalist Lita Roza, the Ronny Scott Orchestra and others. 17 tracks on disc one: "Summertime", "Out Of Nowhere" and more by the Joe Harriot Quartet, "Last Resort", "Get Happy" "Jump For Me", "Teddy" and more by the Tony Kinsey Trio w/
Joe Harriott, "Akee Blues" by Buddy Pipps Highlifters, "Blues In Threes" by Kenny Baker w/
the Jazz Today Unit and more! 17 tracks on disc two: "Harlem", "She's Funny That Way" and more by Tony Kinsey Trio w/
Joe Harriott, "You'll Never Know" by Lita Roza w/
Tony Kinsey Trio & Joe Harriott, "Bang", "Big Fist" and more by Ronny Scott Orchestra, "Blues Original" by the Joe Harriott Quartet and more!
(Out of print.)