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Gene Harris

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: September 1, 1933 | Died: January 16, 2000    

During the decades since rising to fame with the Three Sounds in the early 1960's, pianist Gene Harris always stuck true to his singular musical vision…the blues. A masterful pianist with a titanic technique, Harris' every chorus radiated the blues. His solos were melodic, accessible and swinging yet quite sophisticated and full of personal ideas, his own chord voicings, flavored with the church. While the listener has a good idea what to expect from a Gene Harris record, the pianist never fails to surprise.

Gene Harris was born September 1, 1933 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he was first attracted to music when he was four. Locally, Harris was attracted to the music of bandleader Charles Metcalf's group and was inspired to try to pick out songs on the piano. Harris also enjoyed the music he heard in church and the boogie- woogie records of his parents (one can detect Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons all over Harris' playing). Swing, gospel and blues combined in a humid eutectoid to form the rue of his piano style....
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    Another Night In London

    Resonance Records
    2010
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    Live In London

    Resonance Records
    2008
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    At Last

    Concord Music Group
    2004
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    Listen Here!

    Concord Music Group
    2003
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    Gene Harris - Ballad Essentials


    2003
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    Los Alamitos Latinfunklovesong (Bugz In The Attic Rework)

    Resonance Records
    2003
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    Ballad Essentials

    Resonance Records
    2003
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