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  • Vinyl (February 27, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RMD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Pierce on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Funk Jazz rarely even equals this album. bassist henry franklin and carl burnett were the perfect replacements for andy simpkins and bill dowdy for gene harris to work in this funky direction. they are able to keep the funky feel while changing the rythms so it doesnt sound to repetetive like some funk jazz can get. even for fans of more bop, the improvization level on this albums is at a hieght for the sounds. Check out volume two, just as good, slightly more down home in feel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Reilly on July 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that you put in and can listen to the whole way through! This is by far one of my favorite jazz funk albums. I would definitly recomend this to anyone to digs quality music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan-philipp Kroeger on August 3, 2005
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"Live At The It Club" (Volume 1 and 2) has been recorded 1970 in sunny Hollywood/California and features Gene Harris (the co-founder of "The Three Sounds") on piano, Henry Franklin on bass and Carl Burnett on drums: jazzy, bluesy, grovy! What a joyous encounter while crusing! If you're interested in more live recordings by "The Three Sounds" check out these: "Live At The Lighthouse" and "Today's Sounds" all available on CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Gemmill on June 2, 2009
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Gene Harris always swings, no doubt, but here he has added that FUNKY FUNKY long extended groove, that was normally neglected on the other three sounds albums. While most of their early stuff was good and swinging, here (and on a couple of albums preceding this one) he really has time to STRETCH out and MILK each groove. Henry Franklin's bass is excellent, because he can play bop and play funky, so it's not overly simplified, but he knows how to keep a vamp going when he's backing gene. Carl Burnetts' drums are CRACKIN' and POPPIN' he just snaps that groove into place. They both back gene extremely well, swelling and building underneath Gene's grooves.

One of my favorite tracks ever is "I'm still sad." This is the type of you stuff you have to feel from the beginning to the end. IF you aren't paying attention to the groove you won't get the feeling that Gene is laying down. To a layman's ears (who is not into this type of vamp/groove heavy jazz/funk/blues) they might find it repetitive, but I think of it in the same vein as what James Brown would do with his band, directing them until he got them in the pocket. Gene does exactly that. "i'm still sad" starts off a regular groove, but by the end Gene is just POUNDING into a great climax.

"love for sale" has a great arrangement, updated and simplified for this session. And the standards are done solid and swing like they should.

Definitely pick this up as well as the Volume 2. If you are fan of funky bluesy piano jazz Ala Junior Mance, Ramsey Lewis, Harold Johnson, Less Mccann, Roy Meriwether, etc. this should be in your collection.
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Gene Harris & The Three Sounds
Soul Symphony came out in 1969 and (as far as I can tell) is only available on vinyl. A copy recently went on e-bay for over a hundred bucks. There are a lot of the old Three Sounds that have been re-issued by Blue Note Japan, but not this one - yet. Steve
Jun 18, 2006 by S. Gnatz |  See all 2 posts
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