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Best of Concord Years

Gene HarrisAudio CD
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One of the most accessible of all jazz pianists, Gene Harris' soulful style (influenced by Oscar Peterson and containing the blues-iness of a Junior Mance) was immediately likable and predictably excellent. After playing in an Army band (1951-1954), he formed a trio with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy which was, by 1956, known as the Three Sounds. The group was quite popular, ... Read more in Amazon's Gene Harris Store

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00004XN1C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Uptown Sop
2. Captain Bill
3. Blues For Sam Nassi
4. Summertime
5. Don't Be That Way
6. Listen Here
7. Creme De Menthe
8. You Are My Sunshine
9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
10. Will You Still Be Mine
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Blues For Rhonda
2. This Little Light Of Mine
3. Take The 'A' Train
4. Sweet Georgia Brown
5. Old Funky Gene's
6. That's All
7. Cottontail
8. Lean On Me
9. Down Home Blues
10. Put It Where You Want It

Editorial Reviews

This 22-track retrospective represents well the 20 albums Gene Harris made for Concord Records over 14 years. The barrelhouse rocking pianist was obviously getting better with age, as one of his best discs was his last, Alley Cats (1999), made shortly before his death and represented here by a cover of the Crusaders' classic "Put It Where You Want It." The track is very indicative of the rest of this two-CD set, as it was recorded live, like nearly half of this compilation. Harris played always as if each tune were as familiar as "Put It," with tantalizing arrangement and distinctive soloists (sax men Red Holloway and Ernie Watts). Other standout guests throughout this well-paced set include bassist Ray Brown, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, and saxophonist Scott Hamilton. It's up to the very big tenor sax of the late Stanley Turrentine to kick the whole thing off with the funky blues number "Uptown Sop." Harris's successful big band takes on a pair of tracks and a number of slower tunes that drip with gutsy emotion, particularly Fats Waller's "Black and Blue" and Erroll Garner's smooth "Crème de Menthe." Other finger-snapping, toe-tapping highlights include one of the most entertaining arrangements ever of the nearly century-old "Sweet Georgia Brown," and Harris's daughter Nikki's duet with organist Jack McDuff on Z.Z. Hill's blues classic "Down Home Blues." --Mark A. Ruffin

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gene Harris style and personality comes shining through" September 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Concord Jazz, has given us a wonderful collection, one of the best pianist in the business, Gene Harris. During his Concord years, Gene Harris set a high level of musical excellence that is both inspiring and influential. With "THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS", Concord Records is delighted to present some of Gene Harris most inspired performances in a special 2-CD retrospective.
Gene Harris's signature hard-swinging, soulful, blues-drenched piano style made him one of the most exciting and accessible pianists in jazz. Stand outs: "DON'T BE THAT WAY", "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE", "BLACK AND BLUE", "THIS IS LITTLE GIRL OF MINE", what a classic arrangement, "SWEET GEORGIA BROWN", funky style comes through, "OLD FUNKY GENE'S", pure funk in the rough, terrific.
Gene Harris was triumphant on the jazz scene, powerful blues-based style, with non-stop talent. Highly, very highly recommend this one of a kind artist for your collection of - the best of jazz, and yes, "THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS", with a legend and wonderful human being, Gene Harris!
Total Time: Disc One 70:09 on 12 Tracks/Disc Two 68:50 on 10 Tracks - Concord Jazz CCD2 4930 2 (2000)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't resist it and really pleased. February 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, I already have 2 Gene Harris cd's("Listen Here" and "Gene Harris plus one") but when I saw this one listed, I just couldn't resist trying another one and I certainly was NOT disappointed. I often let this cd repeat for most of the day and it never fails when I get a visitor, they will eventually say "Who's that on piano?" Well, that's Gene Harris. I mentioned in another review that I have been around music all of my life, but only discovered Gene last year when I caught one of his tracks on a jazz station out of Philly.He was truly remarkable. This particular cd is a great value with 22 tracks (2 discs) and, as far as I'm concerned, extremely listenable. Of course I have my favorites just like anyone else. "Don't Be That Way", "Take the A Train", "Cottontail", & "Blues For Sam" all rate high on my list, but the entire album is a real treat for jazz fans everywhere. It's a mixture of big bands and small groups. I only hope it doesn't take you as long as it did me to discover him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars downtown sop August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
all I want to say about any gene harris c.d. is that you can expect the mood to be happy and bouncy and you can,t go wrong buying any of his music it will always leave you satisfied, its a shame his recordings had to come to an end , however you can now go to ray brown his longtime buddy who has continued gene,s style of music with several good pianists, where you can feel the gene harris touch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good a blues player as I've ever heard... July 30, 2001
By Ken W.
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Gene Harris last year while listening to my local jazz station, and I'll forever mourn the fact that I never had the chance to hear him in person. This guy could play the blues with anyone- a huge, big hearted sound that gets your toes tapping. He could be tender, too- listen to Errol Garner's Creme de Menthe, one of the most beautiful jazz tunes you'll ever hear. This collection is a wonderful introduction to his art- buy it, and I'll bet you'll be back for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST CD SET of ALL !!! March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is BY FAR the BEST CD set I've EVER heard topping EVERYTHING in my collection. When I first played Gene Harris' "TRIBUTE TO COUNT BASIE" CD (which I can't recommend strongly enough) I thought this was the ultimate but something told me if I liked this I'd love "THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS" and thank God I heeded my inner voice.

Harris' "That's All" really blew me away as it gradually built to an awesome, up-tempo, chanting climax like I've NEVER heard before or expect to again. "Like A Lover", "You Are My Sunshine" and "Down Home Blues" are equally breathtaking as Harris brilliantly blends standards, boogie, funk and blues into the kind of melodic perfection you'll want to experience over and over again.

In fact, all 22 tracks are masterpieces in their own right ranging from "Don't Be That Way" to a totally unique rendition of "Summertime" - and trust me if you like Basie, Garner and truly GREAT jazz, you'll treasure this CD. It's NUMBER ONE in my collection and it will be in yours too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 7, 2013
By Phil
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This man is truly a legend. I mainly ordered this because of the sidemen in the big band in the second cut but, this has become one of my favorite albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic! February 3, 2011
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This CD has absolutely all of Gene Harris' best tracks ever recorded on it. I couldn't stop listening to it for nearly a week! It truly shows what a masterful musician and composer Gene Harris really was. And props to Concord for remaining true to his style as far as which tracks they chose to feature. I never fully knew how amazing Harris was until I listened to this CD from start to finish. This will for sure remain one of my favorites!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Harris is a treasure for us all to enjoy. September 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great representation of the music of Gene Harris.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this man, you are in for some of the most uplifting music you will ever hear.
Gene is bluesy, funky, swinging, and soulful, and also delicate and tender at times.
Let me guarantee you something: you listen to the music of Gene Harris, and life will be simple and good. Your worries will dissappear.
My life without Gene Harris would be nothing. Try this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Harris at his best!!!
Simply put this compilation of Gene Harris's work is phenomenal ! I highly recommend this work to a novice or a jazz enthusiast.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
I never get tired of listening to this. The music is classy, jazzy and fun whether you're sitting at home alone, driving, or hosting a party. Pure classic jazz!
Published 2 months ago by SheWhoCrashes
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for Appreciators of Piano Music
If you appreciate great piano playing, and have a taste for a gospel style, Gene is a must-have for your collection. This is a great sampling of his music.
Published 2 months ago by Long Time Programmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Like I said in another review, can't go wrong with any of the Gene Harris albums. You can sample for free in many places online if you're not convinced.
Published 9 months ago by Mazinga
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene, I wish I could play like you!
As a jazz pianist of 30+ years, I know I had heard of Gene Harris, but was not that all familiar with him. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joseph C. Mankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Uhm, yeah...
This album is SICK good...

Is there anyone alive this good???? I doubt it...
Published on November 25, 2007 by Kenneth Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as jazz gets
This is the real stuff, not the watered-down "smooth jazz" they play on the radio. But don't fret about the improvisation if you're a casual listener. Read more
Published on June 16, 2007 by MuddyWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
If you like Gene Harris you will like this CD set. If you do not know him, this set is a very good introduction. Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by M. Vischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of The Best
Piano playin' doesn't get any better than Gene Harris. This is a classic that you'll never tire of hearing.
Published on August 29, 2005 by Mr. Majik
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