Groovin' Hard: Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968 (Remastered) Gene Harris

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Label: 2xHD - Naxos

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

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  • 1Girl Talk06:23
  • 2Night Has a Thousand Eyes05:49
  • 3Blues Genes03:10
  • 4The Sandpiper: The Shadow Of Your Smile06:55
  • 5Rat Down Front02:25
  • 6Yours Is My Heart Alone07:50
  • 7AM Blues04:09
  • 8Bluesette06:48
  • 9Caesar & Cleopatra04:57
  • 10The Boogaloo02:44
  • Total Runtime51:10

Info for Groovin' Hard: Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968 (Remastered)

Groovin’ Hard is a collection of previously unreleased live recordings of the legendary jazz trio, The Three Sounds , led by groove-master Gene Harris. Captured live at Seattle's Penthouse Jazz Club from 1964-1968, featuring bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, this set contains soulful originals like “Blue Genes” and standards like "The Shadow Of Your Smile," which was never released on any other Three Sounds' albums. The group's song "Put On Train" was prominently sampled in the Beastie Boys song "What Comes Around" on the album Paul's Boutique The Three Sounds were one of the most popular artists on the iconic Blue Note label during the late 50s and early 60s, and you can hear why on these infectiously swinging recordings from The Penthouse.

Gene Harris, piano
Andy Sims, bass
Bill Dowdy, drums (tracks 3, 5, 8, 9)
Kalil Madi, drums (tracks 2, 7, 10)
Carl Burnett, drums (tracks 1, 4, 6)

Digitally remastered

Gene Harris
was born Sept. 1, 1933. He was first attracted to music when he was four. Growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, he was attracted to the music of local 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. Swing, gospel and blues combined to form the roots of his style. Harris quickly developed as a pianist, had opportunities to play music while serving in the Army (1951-54) and, after his discharge, he formed the Four Sounds. By 1956 the group dropped their original plan to include a tenor-saxophonist and had been renamed the Three Sounds.

During 1956-70, the Three Sounds (which also included the late bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy) was one of the most popular bands in jazz. The group performed the swinging and soulful music that one still associates with Harris, recording quite prolifically and helping to define soul jazz. Harris retained the Three Sounds name for a few years after the departure of Simpkins and Dowdy and then in 1977 largely retired from the jazz scene to settle in Boise, Idaho and play at a local hotel. After a few years out of the spotlight, in the early 1980’s bassist Ray Brown persuaded Harris to travel again. The pianist for a time was a member of Brown’s Trio before forming his own quartet, showing that his powerful blues-based style was still very much in its prime.

Since his return, Gene Harris has recorded many albums for Concord in settings ranging from quartet outings and dates on which he led the Philip Morris Superband to a set of unaccompanied piano solos (Vol. 23 of the acclaimed Maybeck Recital Hall Series). Together these highly enjoyable releases form quite a musical legacy.

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