GENE HARRIS

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Gene Harris (September 1, 1933, Benton Harbor, Michigan – January 16, 2000) was an American jazz pianist known for his warm sound and blues and gospel infused style that is known as soul jazz. From 1956 to 1970, he played in The Three Sounds trio with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. During this time, The Three Sounds recorded regularly for Blue Note and Verve. He was mostly retired to Boise, Idaho, starting in the late 1970s, although he performed regularly at the Idanha Hotel there. Then, Ray Brown convinced him to go back on tour in the early 1980s. He played with the Ray Brown Trio and then led his own groups, recording mostly on Concord Records, until his death from kidney failure in 2000. Harris' "Ode to Billie Joe" is known as a jazz classic. One of his most popular numbers was his "Battle Hymn of the read more...
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GENE HARRIS Gene Harris And His Three Sounds : Elegant Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris And His Three Sounds : Elegant Soul
Soul Jazz 1968
GENE HARRIS The Three Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Three Sounds
Soul Jazz 1971
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds
Soul Jazz 1972
GENE HARRIS Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Soul Jazz 1973
GENE HARRIS AstralSignal album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
AstralSignal
RnB 1974
GENE HARRIS Nexus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nexus
Soul Jazz 1975
GENE HARRIS In a Special Way album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Special Way
Soul Jazz 1976
GENE HARRIS Tone Tantrum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tone Tantrum
Soul Jazz 1977
GENE HARRIS Hot Lips album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Lips
Soul Jazz 1982
GENE HARRIS Nature's Way album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nature's Way
Soul Jazz 1984
GENE HARRIS Tribute to Count Basie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to Count Basie
Soul Jazz 1988
GENE HARRIS Listen Here! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Listen Here!
Soul Jazz 1989
GENE HARRIS At Last album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Last
Soul Jazz 1990
GENE HARRIS Black and Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black and Blue
Soul Jazz 1991
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris And The Phillip Morris Super Band : World Tour 1990 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris And The Phillip Morris Super Band : World Tour 1990
Big Band 1991
GENE HARRIS Like a Lover album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Like a Lover
Soul Jazz 1992
GENE HARRIS Funky Gene's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funky Gene's
Soul Jazz 1994
GENE HARRIS Brotherhood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brotherhood
Soul Jazz 1995
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris / Jack McDuff : (Down Home) Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris / Jack McDuff : (Down Home) Blues
Soul Jazz 1997
GENE HARRIS In His Hands album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In His Hands
Soul Jazz 1997

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GENE HARRIS live albums

GENE HARRIS Live at Otter Crest - First Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Otter Crest - First Set
Soul Jazz 1981
GENE HARRIS The Gene Harris Trio Plus One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gene Harris Trio Plus One
Soul Jazz 1986
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris And The Philip Morris Superband ‎: Live At Town Hall, N.Y.C. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris And The Philip Morris Superband ‎: Live At Town Hall, N.Y.C.
Soul Jazz 1989
GENE HARRIS A Little Piece of Heaven album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Little Piece of Heaven
Soul Jazz 1993
GENE HARRIS Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Twenty-Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Twenty-Three
Soul Jazz 1993
GENE HARRIS The Gene Harris Quartet ‎: It's The Real Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gene Harris Quartet ‎: It's The Real Soul
Soul Jazz 1996
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris And The Three Sounds : Live At The 'It Club' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris And The Three Sounds : Live At The 'It Club'
Soul Jazz 1996
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris & The Philip Morris All-Stars : Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris & The Philip Morris All-Stars : Live
Soul Jazz 1998
GENE HARRIS Alley Cats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alley Cats
Soul Jazz 1999
GENE HARRIS Gene Harris And The Three Sounds : Live At The 'It Club' Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Harris And The Three Sounds : Live At The 'It Club' Volume 2
Soul Jazz 2000
GENE HARRIS Live In London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In London
Soul Jazz 2008
GENE HARRIS Another Night in London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Another Night in London
Soul Jazz 2010

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GENE HARRIS re-issues & compilations

GENE HARRIS The Concord Jazz Heritage Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series
Soul Jazz 1998
GENE HARRIS The Three Sounds & Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Three Sounds & Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds
Soul Jazz 2012

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GENE HARRIS AstralSignal

Album · 1974 · RnB
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In the early to mid 70s, many a jazz musician was drawn to both the growing impact of the new funk groove, as well as the psychedelic sound borne from the 60s. Gene Harris was no exception as his “AsrtralSignal” album from 1974 bears trademarks from that groovy early 70s era, which is also reflected in the very ‘cosmic’ title of the album. Gene Harris was no stranger to mixing jazz with dance rhythms, in fact his entire career was built around a solid reputation as one of the top soul jazz artists from the mid 50s until the 70s and beyond. With “AstralSignals”, Gene took things one step further from his gospel based roots to embrace the new funk style of Sly Stone and James Brown. On this funk foundation, Harris layered multiple horns, vocals and electronic instruments to build his imaginative arrangements.

The album opens with a heavily reverbed cosmic statement from Gene before we launch into an exotic instrumental topped with wordless vocals. Next up, a very funky synth intro leads the band into Sly Stone’s well known song chant about racial name calling. After a laid back instrumental with more wordless vocals, Harris closes out side one with some of his signature gospel riffs on the piano in a double tracked solo performance.

Side two kicks off with a rockin instrumental version of Credence’s “Green River”. On Chicago’s “Beginnings”, Gene handles the lead vocals and sheds some new tone colors on this well known number. This side closes out with some more funk-jazz jams with Harvey Mason’s “Higga Boom” being a real highlight. This album has its ups and downs, but the ups make it well worth it for fans of funk jazz, exotic lounge music, rare groove and other jazz related crate digging.

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