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.
However, even knowing and hearing the other players, Gene is RIGHT THERE. His technic, phrasing and improv's are phenomenal. This man was the "essence" of jazz piano. I am sorry Gene, that I discovered you too late, as I would have loved to have heard you live.
Well, I can at least keep buying your CD's and I would recommend them to anyone who loves Jazz Piano!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply put this compilation of Gene Harris's work is phenomenal ! I highly recommend this work to a novice or a jazz enthusiast.Published on July 1, 2014 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 on June 28, 2014 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 on June 27, 2014 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
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 albumsPublished on January 7, 2013 by Phil
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! Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Phil Harmonic