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Gene Harris

Born: September 1, 1933 | Died: January 16, 2000    Primary Instrument: Piano

Gene Harris

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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As a Leader

Live in London
Resonance Records
2008
Tracks: No Greater Love; Blue Monk; My Funny Valentine; In a Mellow Tone; Misty; Blues Closer.
Personnel: Gene Harris: piano; Jim Mullen: guitar; Andrew Clyendert: bass; Martin Drew: drums.

Instant Party
Concord Jazz
2004
Tracks: Old Funky Gene's; Blues For Jezebel; Listen Here; C.C. Rider; Sidewinder; Down Home Blues; Uptown Sop; Ode To Billy Joe; Sweet Georgia Brown; Put It Where You Want It.
Personnel: Gene Harris: piano; Jeff Hamilton: drums; Luther Hughes: bass; Jack McDuff: Hammond b-3 organ; Ron Eschete: guitar; Niki Harris: vocals.

Ballad Essentials
Concord Jazz
2003
Tracks: Sweet And Lovely; Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out; Until The Real Thing Comes Along; This Masquerade; At Last; Everything Happens To Me; Black And Blue; When You Wish Upon A Star; You Don't Know What Love Is; That's All; Angel Eyes.
Personnel: Gene Harris: piano; Ron Eschete: guitar; Harold Jones: drums; Paul Humphrey: bass.

Live at Otter Crest
Concord Jazz
2001
Tracks: Sweet Lorraine; My Foolish Heart; A Little Blues There; Battle Hymn Of The Republic; Shiny Stockings; Cute.
Personnel: Gene Harris: piano; John Heard: bass; Jimmie Smith: drums.

The Best of the Concord Years
Concord Jazz
2000
Tracks: (Disc 1) Uptown Sop; Captain Bill; Blues For Sam Nassi; Summertime; Don't Be That Way; Listen Here; Creme De Menthe; You Are My Sunshine; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Will You Still Be Mine; Black And Blue; Like A Lover. (Disc 2) Blues For Rhonda; This Light Of Mine; Take The "A" Train; Sweet Georgia Brown; Old Funky Gene's; That's All; Cottontail; Lean On Me; Down Home Blues; Put It Where You Want It.
Personnel: Gene Harris: piano; Curtis Stigers: vocals; Ernie Watts: alto saxophone; Scott Hamilton, Teddy Edwards, Red Holloway, Stanley Turrentine, Bob Cooper: tenor saxophone; Jon Faddis, Harry "Sweets" Edison: trumpet; Jack McDuff: organ; Ron Eschete, Frank Potenza, Herb Ellis: guitar; Luther Hughes, Ray Brown: bass; Mickey Roker, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Lewis Nash, Paul Humphrey, Paul Kriebich: drums; Gregg Field: tambourine; Cherie Buckner, Pastor Ralph E. Beechum: backgrround vocals); The Philip Morris Superband, The Gene Harris All Star Big Band.

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