The Gene Harris Trio Plus One (Live)
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||Gene's Lament||Gene Harris||9:32||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Misty||Gene Harris||5:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Uptown Sop||Gene Harris||8:44||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Things Ain't What They Used to Be||Gene Harris||8:13||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Yours Is My Heart Alone||Gene Harris||7:27||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||The Battle Hymn of the Republic||Gene Harris||8:25||Album Only||View In iTunes|
This superb album (reissued on CD) solidified pianist Gene Harris' return to the jazz major leagues. Teamed up with bassist Ray Brown, drummer Mickey Roker, and tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, Harris stretches out on such songs as Ray Brown's blues "Gene's Lament," "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Harris and Turrentine work together so well on this soulful blues/bop date that one wishes they had teamed up much more often.
Great set - The definition of "in the groove"
I really miss Gene, Stanley and Ray - I loved their music! It's sad to realize that so many GREAT jazz musicians are gone. May their music live forever. This album really swings! I missed buying this album years ago, so it's a terrific addition to my Gene Harris library. Thanks iTunes for having a good jazz collection.
This is a go-to recording for deep swinging sh*t. Absolutely grooving from top to bottom. There isn't much being played today that feels like this.
A Must For Piano Players
At 20 or 21 I was immersed in Mark Lavine's The Jazz Piano book, trying my best to play all the chords and all the scales as fast as possible (and doing a poor job at it). An elder musician and good friend handed me a copy of this session on tape. On the label he wrote, "Gene Harris - learn this sauce." These are very wise words almost 20 years later for me, as music this good - this *swinging* - is as good of a teacher as any you'll find.
No doubt Ray's other groups with Benny Green are outstanding, but Gene is something completely different than other jazz pianists. Listen to how the audience reacts to the playing, the conversation between the players and the listeners. (At one point during the intro to "Battle Hymn" someone in the audience 'sings back' to Gene…it's a strong indication of how much he could say with so few notes!)
So buy it. If you are a musician, buy it and wear it out like I did. Play it until you can sing all of the solos. Make it part of how you play, and you will thank yourself later.
In short, learn this sauce!
Born: September 1, 1933 in Benton Harbor, MI
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
Top Albums and Songs By Gene Harris
||Down Home Blues||Down Home Blues||7:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||J & G Blues||Down Home Blues||9:33||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Stormy Monday||Down Home Blues||4:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||This Masquerade||Listen Here!||6:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning||The Maybeck Recital Series, Volume 23||4:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blues for Big Foot||Down Home Blues||7:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Time After Time||Down Home Blues||4:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Listen Here||Listen Here!||4:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Smack Dab In the Middle||Down Home Blues||5:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Soft Winds||Down Home Blues||7:53||$1.29||View In iTunes|