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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This compilation draws 11 tracks from nine Gene Harris albums recorded for Concord Records between 1989 and 1995, and what's striking is how consistent those tracks are. Working at slow tempos, Harris plus his accompanists -- ranging from piano-guitar-bass-drums quartets to a duet with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton "At Last"; a trio with organist Jack McDuff and bass player Luther Hughes "You Don't Know What Love Is"; and, finally, a solo piano piece "Angel Eyes" -- maintain a bluesy, soulful approach that values expressive, yet precise playing. Harris usually takes the lead, though he makes a wonderful backup musician to Hamilton on the first half of "At Last" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This compilation draws 11 tracks from nine Gene Harris albums recorded for Concord Records between 1989 and 1995, and what's striking is how consistent those tracks are. Working at slow tempos, Harris plus his accompanists -- ranging from piano-guitar-bass-drums quartets to a duet with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton "At Last"; a trio with organist Jack McDuff and bass player Luther Hughes "You Don't Know What Love Is"; and, finally, a solo piano piece "Angel Eyes" -- maintain a bluesy, soulful approach that values expressive, yet precise playing. Harris usually takes the lead, though he makes a wonderful backup musician to Hamilton on the first half of "At Last" before executing a flourish and taking over for some attractive soloing even there. Like many other jazz musicians, Harris really came into his own in his maturity at Concord, and this is a good selection that demonstrates the strength of his overall catalog with the label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431217022
  • Catalog Number: 2170
  • Sales rank: 48,375

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Harris Primary Artist, Piano
Ron Eschete Guitar
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Luther Hughes Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Harold Jones Drums
Jack McDuff Hammond Organ
Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists Drums
Technical Credits
John Burk Executive Producer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Seth Presant Mastering
Jimmie Cox Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very nice listening and driving music.

    I will definitely buy more Gene Harris based on this CD.

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