In His Hands

In His Hands

by Gene Harris
     
 
Not only is this gospel album a huge change of pace for Gene Harris, it is also a major departure for Concord Jazz, whose mainstream rep is so ingrained that one would have expected Harris to jump labels in order to do this. For Harris, this is not totally unexpected -- a lot of his work with the Three Sounds had a strong gospel

Overview

Not only is this gospel album a huge change of pace for Gene Harris, it is also a major departure for Concord Jazz, whose mainstream rep is so ingrained that one would have expected Harris to jump labels in order to do this. For Harris, this is not totally unexpected -- a lot of his work with the Three Sounds had a strong gospel feeling -- but here he goes all the way over and leans into the call-and-response rhetoric with an expansive fervor, while also getting in some blues-drenched licks with his right hand. To drive home the rootsy point, Harris provides backing for the gospel vocals of his daughter Niki and various friends from his Boise, ID, residence -- all of whom do perfectly all right -- and Brother Jack McDuff joins in on soulful organ now and then. While many traditional gospel flagwavers are included here, so are some pop songs ("Lean on Me," "Everything Must Change") that obviously have some of that old-time religious flavor. Some of the slower numbers drag on for a while, but the best tracks have a genuine vitality that ought to conquer any jazz-minded listener.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/1997
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431475828
catalogNumber:
4758
Rank:
167839

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Harris   Primary Artist,Piano
Ron Eschete   Guitar
Luther Hughes   Bass
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Curtis Stigers   Vocals
Jack McDuff   Organ
Gregg Field   Tambourine,Shaker
Pastor Ralph E. Beechum   Vocals
Steve Hockel   Percussion
Carol Zbacnik   Vocals
Niki Harris   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Harris   Arranger
John Burk   Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Wayne Thompson   Liner Notes
William Steffe   Composer
Julia Ward Howe   Composer

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