Ray Brown Trio featuring Gene Harris – Soular Energy {Concord} ”dvd audio-2-cd”

Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
This album is important as an early milestone in pianist Gene Harris’ second career. Harris, who had led the popular Three Sounds in the 1960s, had been living in obscurity in Boise, ID, for several years before he was urged by bassist Ray Brown to come to the West Coast for some recording sessions. Harris became a permanent member of Brown’s regular trio for quite a few years before launching his own quartet. He had lost none of his technique, soul, or swing in the interim, as he shows throughout this fine release. Seven of the eight numbers (highlighted by “Exactly Like You,” “Teach Me Tonight,” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”) feature Brown, Harris, and drummer Gerryck King playing soulful bop, while “Mistreated But Undefeated Blues” adds guitarist Emily Remler and the tenor of Red Holloway. An excellent effort.

01. Exactly Like You (5:47)
02. Cry Me a River (5:47)
03. Teach Me Tonight (4:51)
04. Take the “A” Train (6:22)
05. Mistreated But Undefeated Blues (4:17)
06. That’s All (5:47)
07. Easy Does It (4:03)
08. Sweet Georgia Brown (8:46)

Ray Brown – bass
Gene Harris – piano
Gerryck King – drums
Red Holloway – tenor saxophone
Emily Remler – guitar

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California in August 1984.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop, Standards
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1985
Time: 45:39

* Original source was a DVD audio rip in 24bit-192kHz; and this share is a self-made imitation CD (converted to redbook standard, 16bit-44.1kHz); which can easily be burned as an “Audio-CD” to an empty media.

Quality-1: flac (tracks, eac, cue, log) + scans from “CD” version (cover+tray+disk)
Quality-2: mp3@320 + scans from “CD” version (cover+tray+disk)

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

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

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

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Lou Donaldson with The Three Sounds – LD+3 {Blue Note}[xrcd]

Review from musicdirect.com

Lou Donaldson with the Three Sounds LD+3 on XRCD

Mastered to XRCD from Rudy Van Gelder’s Original Two-Track Analog Master Tapes!
One of the Best-Sounding Digital Releases You Will Ever Hear: Warm, Dynamic
1959 Bebop Set Pairs Alto Great Donaldson With Virtuosic Jazz Trio
The Three Sounds were a very popular group in the late 1950s and early 60s, and for good reason. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins, and drummer Bill Dowdy always knew how to lay down an irresistible groove. The trio infused every song they played with a heavy dose of the blues and could outswing any combo while never being stingy. The same could be said for alto great Lou Donaldson.

Influenced by Charlie Parker but a bluesier player, Donaldson held his own on 1950s sessions with Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Smith while gaining a strong following with his series of Blue Note recordings.

LD + 3 is a very special recording from 1959, featuring Donaldson and the Three Sounds inspiring and pushing each other to the utmost degree. Starting with a passionate version of “Three Little Words,” they dig into such bop classics as “Just Friends” and “Confirmation,” playing with plenty of heat. The mixture of bebop fury with warm soul makes this a true Blue Note milestone.

In handling one of jazz’s all-time best-sounding recordings, Rudy Van Gelder’s original Blue Note two-track analog tapes were meticulously mastered to XRCD by engineer Alan Yoshida and producer Joe Harley. This XRCD comes with deluxe hardbound book-style packaging with original liner notes and high resolution B&W session photos. The package alone is worth the investment. This edition of LD+3 represents the highest-quality analog to digital transfers from tape to CD available, and is among the finest digital releases you will ever hear.

“…thanks to the XRCD process and the care that was taken transferring these albums directly from the original analog masters, these CDs have to be approaching the limit of what the compact disc is capable of resolving. Instrument timbre is stunningly real, and the amount of air and decay present on these recordings will make the uninitiated swear that there is a record playing on a turntable somewhere. I’ve never heard this music sound this good in any digital format.”
-Jeff Dorgay, TONE Audio, Issue 26

“At $30 a pop, these XRCDs are expensive, although not as pricey as the same $50 vinyl sets! And while they may not equal the breathtaking sonics of the vinyl discs, they come very close. So close, in fact, that during one of my listening sessions I was prepared to get up and flip the LP to Side 2 – except I wasn’t listening to an LP but to an Alan Yoshida-mastered XRCD!”
– Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2010

“JVC has examined the each step in XRCD CD mastering and manufacturing processes and designed specific equipment to improve those processes. Every combination of equipment, connections, AC power regulation, clocking, mastering format, and compact disc construction was evaluated technically and by listening tests.”
– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2010

01 – Three Little Words
02 – Smooth Groove
03 – Just Friends
04 – Blue Moon
05 – Jump Up
06 – Don’t Take Your Love from Me
07 – Confirmation

Lou Donaldson – alto sax
Gene Harris – piano
Andrew Simpkins – bass
Bill Dowdy – drums

Originally released in 1959 on Blue Note Records as BST-84012

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Gene Harris Quartet – Black & Blue {Concord}

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Although there are few actual blues on Black and Blue, pianist Gene Harris gives all of the songs (whether complex standards, ballads or near-blues) a bluesy feel, adding soul and a church feeling to each of the melodies. With the assistance of guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Luther Hughes and drummer Harold Jones, Harris is in typically fine form.

01 – Another Star
02 – Black and Blue
03 – C.C. Rider
04 – Hot Toddy
05 – The Best Things in Life are Free
06 – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
07 – It Might As Well Be Spring
08 – Blue Bossa
09 – The Song is You
10 – Will You Still Be Mine

Gene Harris – piano
Ron Eschete – guitar
Luther Hughes – bass
Harold Jones – drums

Released on June 29, 1991

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Benny Carter – A Gentleman and His Music {Concord}

Review by Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

For this 1985 session, altoist Benny Carter (then a week short of turning 78 years old) is teamed with the lyrical trumpeter Joe Wilder and the Concord All-Stars, a contingent that also features tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Ed Bickert and pianist Gene Harris. The results are predictably excellent with the septet swinging with spirit and creativity on four standards, a blues and Carter’s original “A Kiss from You.” This album is well worth tracking down.

01 – Sometimes I’m Happy
02 – A Kiss from You
03 – Blues for George
04 – Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
05 – Lover Man
06 – Idaho

Benny Carter – alto saxophone
Joe Wilder – trumpet and flugelhorn
Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Ed Bickert – guitar
Gene Harris – piano
John Clayton – bass
Jimmie Smith – drums

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California, August 1985

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Ray Brown Trio – Bam Bam Bam {Concord}

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The Ray Brown Trio is caught on this CD live at a Tokyo concert and sounds obviously inspired by the enthusiastic crowd. The group (which also stars pianist Gene Harris and drummer Jeff Hamilton) stretches out on four standards, “Put Your Little Right Out,” Victor Feldman’s “Rio” and two Brown originals: “F.S.R. (For Sonny Rollins)” and the title cut. This release is a perfect introduction to the many fine Ray Brown-Gene Harris Concord recordings; it consistently swings with soul.

01 – Introductory Announcement
02 – F.S.R. (For Sonny Rollins)
03 – Put Your Little Foot Right Out
04 – Rio
05 – If I Loved You
06 – Introductory Announcement
07 – Summertime
08 – Days of Wine and Roses
09 – Introductory Announcement
10 – A Night in Tunisia
11 – Bam Bam Bam

Ray Brown – bass
Gene Harris – piano
Jeff Hamilton – drums

Recorded live at Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan; December 1988

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Ray Brown All Stars – Don’t Forget the Blues {Concord}

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
On this 1985 Concord release, bassist Ray Brown heads an all-star quintet featuring trombonist Al Grey, guitarist Ron Eschete, pianist Gene Harris, and drummer Grady Tate. The majority of the selections on the set are blues (including “Night Train,” “Rocks in My Bed,” “Jumpin’ the Blues,” and a pair of Brown originals) with “If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)” being a temporary departure. Grey, Eschete, Harris, and Brown have plenty of concise solos, Tate is typically excellent in support, and the results should please straight-ahead jazz fans.

01 – Blues’d Out
02 – Jim
03 – Night Train
04 – If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
05 – Rocks in My Bed
06 – You Don’t Know Me
07 – Jumpin’ the Blues
08 – Don’t Forget the Blues

Ray Brown – bass
Ron Eschete – guitar
Al Grey – trombone
Gene Harris – piano and fender rhodes
Grady Tate – drums

Recorded at Classic Sound Studio, New York City, May 1985.

Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1986
Genre: Jazz
Style: Classic Jazz, Bop

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