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The Gene Harris Quartet

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, and recorded regularly during 1956-1970 for Blue Note and Verve. Although the personnel changed and the music became more R&B-oriented in the early '70s, Harris retained the Three Sounds name for his later Blue Note sets. He retired to Boise, ID, in 1977, and was largely forgotten when Ray Brown persuaded him to return to the spotlight in the early '80s. Harris worked for a time with the Ray Brown Trio and led his own quartets in the years to follow, recording regularly for Concord and heading the Phillip Morris Superband on a few tours; 1998's Tribute to Count Basie even earned a Grammy nomination. While awaiting a kidney transplant, he died on January 16, 2000, at the age of 66. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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lsimone519
I think the best work done by Gene Harris was accomplished when he played with Ray Brown. Outstanding !!
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7 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby.
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From NYC,, miss the real jazz played in the city
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sorry for the following:
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
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deplumer
Got and kept my attention! This cat is sweet. Another great Pandora find in a city with practically no (real) jazz on the Radio, if radio still exists.
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My Funny Valentine... . I just loved the way Gene Started it. I have never heard an interpretati o n with so much feeling, tenderness and expression. The cadence was genius. I had to stop what I was doing and listen. Then he did that scale progression thing up and down, it got all clumsy, the feeling went out of it and it just feel out of the sky? Poor Valentine. It's not funny any more is it.
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Superlatives fail, chops and taste deluxe.
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Alfa beat
I have always wanted to hear a duet with Gene Harris and McCoy Tyner,
What a dynamic duo that would be.
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Moments like this are why I am thankful God gave me the ability to appreciate jazz in all it's forms.... Man oh Man is this cat nice
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I can never listen to Gene Harris without smiling! The man's joy of playing and respect for bouncy tunes and soulful melodies is contagious. RIP, Gene. You are gone but will never be forgotten, maestro!
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wibalemt
OMG! The memories I have with Listen Here...my Mother used to say, Please put on Listen Here!
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tsnider541
You forgot to mention that the guitarist is Ron Eschete , one of the best.
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roygerard
Heard this song (Will you still be mine?) while driving through Omaha in 2006 or 07... never heard of him until then, and boy was I hooked! I'd like to see them dance with the stars to this number!
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I can hear the Junior Mance and Red Garland in his open voicings. So tasty, propulsive, and swinging. Never a dull moment and seems to bring out the best in sidemen.
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JazzFestival Bern 1998, best live Harris recordings ever.
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walker104
Super talent. But then there's Bill Evans, Red Garland, Hank Jones, Keith Jarrett and my favcrite, Michel Petrucciani.
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elcue
so so sweet. bluesy, jazzy perfection.
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gwrg
a bar's worth a thousand words..
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BEST EVER GETS MY GROOVE ON
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The best blues player....EV E R .
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ajimani01
Gene Harris is fantastic! I had forgotten how much I enjoy his music.
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dbeach80
so cooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o l
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Mr. Groove
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Love that Lullaby !
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Man, these are some tasty licks.Lovin' it!
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Saw Gene perform in March 1999, the year before he died at the Blue Note in NYC. He was obviously sick at that time but still performed for an hour and a half. OMG, what a talent
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i listened to Gene and the 3 Sounds in college back in the mid 1960s..loved them! Sorry to hear his died.
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So so soulful. A real groovemeiste r . I will miss Gene. Check out his Superband recording with Ernestine Anderson.... s w e e t and swingin'. TD
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jazzdadman
He is my FANTASY ACCOMPANISTE V E R . I could listen to him constantly and I dooooooo!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! He really takes you with him as he plays!!!
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nostepboogie
Discovered Gene Harris on Pandora! Thank you!
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veronicanjoh n
He left us all too soon. Superb playing that always left you with a happy feeling.
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One of my all time favorite artists, especially when he played with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen!
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GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE!!! ! ! ! ! AWESOME!!! could'nt stop tapping my feet
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bradley.dyer
pretty legit
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linneaejohns o n
I couldn't say it better than Franco.
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A genuine artist on the keyboards, Gene was extraordinar i l y gifted and dominating in his performances . What a terrific run he had with The Three Sounds!
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LOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O V V V V V V V V V V E that bluesy sound....!
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My favorite jazz piano, even over Oscar.
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Really great piano, really good stuff
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Sweet!
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brucemrgn
Ray Brown and Gene Harris are just a few of the very Best.
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This is great stuff.
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chip189
great stuff....
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ahema1226
this is lovely....
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retkoff1
never played anything i did not like
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robert.baron e
Not stretching back far enough with the discography.
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letsgofly
What an amazing first 30 seconds for "Sweet and Lovely". Really draws you in.
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This is really nice work. Can't you just see the smoke filled room and the dixie cup sitting on the piano....
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I really like Gene Harris. Soooo smooth!!!
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incredible! a real connection~
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