Gene Harris

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Good Deal is a typically fine record from the Three Sounds, who were beginning to hit their stride when this session was recorded in May of 1959. Like most of their records, it’s laidback – even when the group works a swinging tempo, there’s a sense of ease that keeps the mood friendly, relaxed and mellow. Balancing standards like “Satin ...

Review by Scott Yanow Gene Harris was always predictably excellent, particularly during his final decade. This CD has his quartet of 1993 (with guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Luther Hughes, and drummer Paul Humphrey) performing such tunes as a soulful “Take the ‘A’ Train,” the sly “Ma (He’s Making Eyes at Me),” “My Little Suede Shoes,” and even “Ode to Billie ...

Review by Ron Wynn Whether accompanying or leading a band, bassist Ray Brown was long among jazz’s greatest players. These cuts, mostly from 1989 escept for two numbers done in 1991, feature Brown backing soulful pianist Gene Harris and steady drummer Jeff Hamilton on a program combining Afro-Latin material with standards from Johnny Mercer, Fats Waller and others, as well ...

The Three Sounds were one of the most popular artists on Blue Note Records during the late ’50s and ’60s, thanks to their nimble, swinging, blues-inflected mainstream jazz. Since their records sounded interchangeable and their warm, friendly jazz was instantly accessible, many critics dismissed the group at the time as lounge-jazz, but in the ’90s, critical consensus agreed that the ...

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