Ballad Essentials

Ballad Essentials

by Gene HarrisGene Harris


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This compilation draws 11 tracks from nine Gene Harris albums recorded for Concord Records between 1989 and 1995, and what's striking is how consistent those tracks are. Working at slow tempos, Harris plus his accompanists -- ranging from piano-guitar-bass-drums quartets to a duet with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton ("At Last"); a trio with organist Jack McDuff and bass player Luther Hughes ("You Don't Know What Love Is"); and, finally, a solo piano piece ("Angel Eyes") -- maintain a bluesy, soulful approach that values expressive, yet precise playing. Harris usually takes the lead, though he makes a wonderful backup musician to Hamilton on the first half of "At Last" before executing a flourish and taking over for some attractive soloing even there. Like many other jazz musicians, Harris really came into his own in his maturity at Concord, and this is a good selection that demonstrates the strength of his overall catalog with the label.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431217022
catalogNumber: 2170

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Harris   Primary Artist,Piano
Ron Eschete   Guitar
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Hughes   Bass
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Harold Jones   Drums
Jack McDuff   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Harry Brooks   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Tom Adair   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Mann Holiner   Composer
Alberta Nichols   Composer
L.E. Freeman   Composer
Jimmie Cox   Composer
Charles Daniels   Composer

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