Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Three Sounds - Standards (1998)

The Three Sounds - Standards (1998)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, Soul | Label ~ Blue Note

"The Three Sounds: Standards" is full of Gene Harris' good-natured, hand-over-hand rolling blues playing. The disc opens with a playful "Makin' Whoopee," a cool juxtaposition between the song subject and the gospel elements of Harris' performance. This is the only "hard" standard of the bunch. The collection is tastefully chosen and includes fine takes of "Cry Me A River," "The Best Things in Life are Free," "Alone Together" and "Goodnight, Ladies." Harris is the star supported ably by Simpkins and Dowdy. While being the premier jazz-blues pianist, Harris' music is never dark or sinister. Gene Harris' music is always about sunshine and brightness. ~AllAboutJazz

01. Makin' Whoopee (4:22)
02. Cry Me a River (6:23)
03. Witchcraft (6:30)
04. Again (6:03)
05. Sometimes I'm Happy (5:20)
06. Stay as Sweet as You Are (3:13)
07. The Best Things in Life Are Free (5:02)
08. Red Sails in the Sunset (4:39)
09. Alone Together (6:26)
10. Lights Out (5:50)
11. Thinking of You (4:42)
12. Goodnight, Ladies (3:24)

Gene Harris - piano
Andrew Simpkins - bass
Bill Dowdy - drums

Original sessions produced by Alfred Lion
Produced for release by Michael Cuscuna
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded on October 10, 1959 (#9-12) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey;
and February 4 (#1, 5), June 27 (#2, 4, 7, 8) and June 28 (#3, 6), 1962
at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Mastered with 20-Bit Super Bit Mapping by Ron McMaster
Cover photograph by Francis Wolff - 1998, Mosaic Images
Design by Patrick Roques
Liner notes by Bob Belden