Gene Harris (The 3 Sounds) – Bottoms Up! {Blue Note} “Analogue Productions”

Review by Scott Yanow (

The second record by the Three Sounds (which, like too many of their recordings, has yet to be reissued on CD in the U.S.) features the increasingly popular group in prime form. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy are in top form performing their brand of funky jazz, which left plenty of room for inventive solos along with the percolating grooves. On this set, the trio plays seven standards (including “Besame Mucho,” “Love Walked In” and “I Could Write a Book”), plus the original “Jinne Lou.” Well worth searching for.

01 – Besame Mucho
02 – Angel Eyes
03 – Time After Time
04 – Love Walked In
05 – I Could Write a Book
06 – Jinne Lou
07 – Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
08 – Falling in Love with Love

Gene Harris – piano and celeste
Andrew Simpkins – bass
Bill Dowdy – drums

Originally released in 1959 on Blue Note as BST-84014

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork