It is nearly 11 years since pianist Gene Harris left us (January 16, 2000) so it was with some joy I received the Live in London album re-corded in 1966.
Although labelled as a ‗soul jazz‘ player, Harris recorded for both Blue Note and Verve.
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.
On this album Harris plays with Jim Mullen (guitar), Andrew Cleyn-dert (bass) and Martin Drew (drums).
There are only six tracks on the CD but they are treated well and with respect: There is No Greater Love; Blue Monk; My Funny Valentine; In a Mellow Mood; Misty and Blues Closer.
I must be on a nostalgia trip (that happens when the allotted three score and ten is within sight) as I thoroughly joined the band on a trip doen memory lane.
The liner notes offer this by his widow: According to my discography of Gene, none of the songs on this CD have ever been released to the public in a quartet setting. This recording is also the first and only re-lease of his European quartet. And as you will hear, this Gene Harris at his absolute best.
Amen to that!
By visiting resonancerecords and selecting artists and then Gene Harris you can listen to the tracks and order the album.
For nostalgia buffs and those who like a piano-led jazz quartet I doubt you will find a better ex-ponent of the years past.
This another CD that stays in my car.