Gene HARRIS Quartet – Listen Here! 1989

Gene HARRIS Quartet – Listen Here! 1989

Jazz

Although often associated with the blues, only one of the ten selections on this quartet set by pianist Gene Harris (who is joined by guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jeff Hamilton) is technically a blues. On this excellent all-around showcase for the soulful pianist, Harris sounds in prime form exploring such tunes as “This Masquerade,” “Don’t Be That Way,” Eddie Harris’ “Listen Here,” and “The Song Is Ended.” Listen Here! gives listeners a pretty definitive look at Gene Harris’ accessible and swinging style.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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After rigorous touring and recording as a member of the Ray Brown Trio, and on the heels of a Grammy nomination for his own acclaimed big band recording Tribute to Count Basie, Gene Harris entered the studio to lead this tour de force quartet session. Adding guitarist Ron Escheté to the already awe-inspiring lineup of the working Ray Brown Trio unit (Brown, Harris and drummer Jeff Hamilton), Gene Harris instantly found the quartet to be the perfect configuration in which to communicate his one-of-a-kind, steeped-in-the-blues, jazz piano artistry (and the configuration in which the pianist would work most throughout the remainder of his life). In the first of what would be a whole series of inspired and influential Gene Harris Quartet recordings on the Concord Jazz label, Listen Here is quintessential Gene Harris. Now on SACD, the swinging zing of this landmark Harris recording is revealed with breath-taking clarity.
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Gene Harris- Piano
Ron Eschete- Guitar
Ray Brown- Bass
Jeff Hamilton – Drums
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01. The Masquerade 6:22
02. Don’t Be That Way 3:51
03. I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling 6:39
04. Listen Here 4:57
05. This Can’t Be Love 3:49
06. To You 5:36
07. Blues For Jezebel 5:07
08. Sweet And Lovely 5:56
09. Lullabye 5:50
10. The Song Is Ended 4:58
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