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Gene Harris: The Best Of The Concord Years

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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

Track Listings

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
  11. Black And Blue
  12. Like A Lover

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


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004XN1C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,153 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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