Gene Harris: The Best Of The Concord Years
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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)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gene has got to be on everyone's top five piano players of all time. His dedication to rhythm, his lyrical right hand, his gospel roots, and his amazing left hand make him a joy to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frank O'Neil
Sadly, I found Gene Harris after his death. Fortunately he was well recorded and often, so his legacy lives on. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gerald
Simply put this compilation of Gene Harris's work is phenomenal ! I highly recommend this work to a novice or a jazz enthusiast.Published 19 months ago by Paul Collins
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 19 months ago by SheWhoCrashes
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 19 months ago by Long Time Programmer
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 on November 29, 2013 by Mazinga
As a jazz pianist of 30+ years, I know I had heard of Gene Harris, but was not that all familiar with him. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Joseph C. Mankowski