Complete Live in Tokyo 1976
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Audio CD, Import, June 2, 2008
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This fab release contains all of Barry Harris' 1976 trio performances recorded live in Tokyo with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams, recorded from 3 different live concert dates. This material has never been previously issued in it's entirety on one sole edition! Includes comprehensive 12 page booklet with great liners, photos, etc. Includes the Trio's take on classics like "Ornithology", "'Round Midnight", "Like Someone in Love", "Tea for Two" and "A Night in Tunisia". 2008.
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The first three tracks were recorded on April 1, 1976 at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo. There is some dispute over the exact date in discographies I checked, with one pointing out that the eleven day gap between these tracks and the next set is an overly long time. Regardless, after dispensing with a standard Harris goes right into two bebop anthems and does them justice.
Tracks 4 through 7 were recorded at the same venue on April 12. During this performance there were five tracks that are not included here, but feature Jimmy Raney on guitar.
All of the remaining tracks were recorded at Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo on April 14, 1976. It's the trio on all but Fukai Aijo where Harris is solo. The entire performance was divided among Harris and his trio, and performances led by Charles McPherson and Jimmy Raney. Sadly there are two tracks not included where McPherson and Raney join with the trio on alto sax and guitar respectively.
Overall this is an excellent showcase for Harris' talents (as well as Jones and Williams.) The tracks are a nice mix of standards, bebop anthems and two of Harris' own compositions (A Soft Spot and Fukai Aijo). Personally I would rank this album as essential for any Harris fan. The choice of music and musicianship are excellent. And while I somewhat lament the lack of the quartet and quintet tracks that were recorded during the Japan tour, I understand why they were not included because Harris is at his best in a trio format