Instant Party

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Instant Party is essentially a single-disc best-of compilation featuring some of the more uptempo highlights from pianist Gene Harris' long stay at the Concord Jazz label. Harris recorded for Concord from 1985 until 1999 he died early in 2000, and his stay amounted to both a revival and a fruitful autumnal capstone to his long career. A fluid and soulful player, Harris brought a hint of the blues to everything he touched, and the selection here is no exception. From the light jazz-funk of the opener, "Old Funky Gene's," to the rapid and seemingly effortless piano runs of "Listen Here," which features the great Ray Brown on bass, Harris develops his own blue version of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Instant Party is essentially a single-disc best-of compilation featuring some of the more uptempo highlights from pianist Gene Harris' long stay at the Concord Jazz label. Harris recorded for Concord from 1985 until 1999 he died early in 2000, and his stay amounted to both a revival and a fruitful autumnal capstone to his long career. A fluid and soulful player, Harris brought a hint of the blues to everything he touched, and the selection here is no exception. From the light jazz-funk of the opener, "Old Funky Gene's," to the rapid and seemingly effortless piano runs of "Listen Here," which features the great Ray Brown on bass, Harris develops his own blue version of soul-jazz. Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine joins Harris and Brown on Brown's own "Uptown Sop," one of the clear highlights of the set. Other high points include the tight and controlled groove of Harris' rendition of Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder" and a version of Bobbie Gentry's surprisingly flexible "Ode to Billie Joe." Instant Party works well as a quick and breezy introduction to this fine musician, but listeners looking for a little more balanced overview of this phase of his career should check out the two-disc The Best of the Concord Years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431224723
  • Catalog Number: 2247
  • Sales rank: 61,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Funky Gene's (6:24)
  2. 2 Blues for Jezebel (5:10)
  3. 3 Listen Here (5:00)
  4. 4 C.C. Rider (5:01)
  5. 5 Sidewinder (5:57)
  6. 6 Down Home Blues - Jack McDuff (7:01)
  7. 7 Uptown Sop - Gene Harris Trio (8:46)
  8. 8 Ode to Billie Joe (8:21)
  9. 9 Sweet Georgia Brown (10:02)
  10. 10 Put It Where You Want It (5:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Harris Primary Artist, Piano
Ron Eschete Guitar
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Luther Hughes Bass
Frank Potenza Guitar
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Paul Humphrey Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Harold Jones Drums
Paul Kreibich Drums
Jack McDuff Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Mickey Roker Drums
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone
Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists Drums
Niki Harris Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Eddie Harris Composer
Gene Harris Composer
Lee Morgan Composer
Joe Sample Composer
George Jackson Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Seth Presant Mastering
Kurt Sievert Art Direction
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