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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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Groovin’ Hard - Live at the Penthouse 1964 - 1968

Groovin’ Hard -...

Resonance Records
2017

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Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Groovin' Hard: Live...

Resonance Records
2017

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Another Night In London

Another Night In...

Resonance Records
2010

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Live In London

Live In London

Resonance Records
2008

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At Last

At Last

Concord Music Group
2004

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Blue Monk

Blue Monk

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Live In London

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