The Best of the Concord Years

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
In a musical career that spanned over 50 years, Gene Harris played on more than 80 recordings and shared the stage with such giants of jazz as Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, and Ray Brown. During 1985-1999, his Concord Years, Harris recorded over 25 albums and CDs. This compilation captures the much-heralded pianist in live settings and studio sessions, having the time of his life on songs most loved by his audiences. From the start on the bebop narrative of "Uptown Sop," with Stanley Turrentine doing the tenor sax honors, Ray Brown on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums, Harris takes hold and doesn't let go. His infamous rendition of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
In a musical career that spanned over 50 years, Gene Harris played on more than 80 recordings and shared the stage with such giants of jazz as Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, and Ray Brown. During 1985-1999, his Concord Years, Harris recorded over 25 albums and CDs. This compilation captures the much-heralded pianist in live settings and studio sessions, having the time of his life on songs most loved by his audiences. From the start on the bebop narrative of "Uptown Sop," with Stanley Turrentine doing the tenor sax honors, Ray Brown on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums, Harris takes hold and doesn't let go. His infamous rendition of "Summertime," colorized with the blues, boogie-woogie, and his infamous left-hand strides, is included for your enjoyment and this live version is one you'll surely cherish. "Crème de Menthe," "Blues for Rhonda," and "Old Funky Gene's" are also included on this great two-disc set that comes complete with 22-selective representations of his bluesy phrasings -- sets with his Philip Morris Superband, swing and stride numbers, and demonstrations of jazzed-up ragtime. The jazz world can thank its lucky stars that these gems have been preserved for posterity sake since Harris' considerable skill as a pianist has always been overshadowed due to his residence outside of the prominent jazz cities. However, the songs on this album should solidify the creative spirit of the great Gene Harris in the chronicles of jazz forever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431493020
  • Catalog Number: 4930
  • Sales rank: 4,382

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Harris Primary Artist, Piano
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ron Eschete Guitar
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Luther Hughes Bass
Frank Potenza Guitar
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Paul Humphrey Drums
Curtis Stigers Vocals, Background Vocals
Lewis Nash Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Harold Jones Drums
Paul Kreibich Drums
Jack McDuff Organ
George Mraz Bass
Mickey Roker Drums
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone
Gregg Field Tambourine
Pastor Ralph E. Beechum Background Vocals
Niki Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
Dori Caymmi Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
George Horn Mastering
Nick Phillips Producer
William Becton Composer
Alexis Davis Director
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Tom Adair Composer
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