Gene Harris Quartet: Listen Here! (2003)
Listen Here!is considered a soul jazz classic. That is fair. Gene Harris led one of the finest soul jazz bands in the Three Sounds in the 1960s and ‘70s before his retirement to Idaho. Before long, Ray Brown came calling and beckoned Harris out of retirement to perform on a Milt Jackson’s Soul Route . Know primarily as a superior blues pianist, Harris only includes one on this sole jazz icon. He turns Leon Russell’s "This Masquerade" and Eddie Harris’ "Listen Here!" his own.
A second reason for this recording to be a classic is that it employs Harris’ greatest quartet. Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, and Ron Eschete were all old Concord hands with Harris when these recordings were made. Regarding Ray Brown, he and Harris appeared on a number of each of their respective recordings to the point that the listener was not always sure who was leader. The result, to our great fortune, was that the music was always performed at the highest level. It makes this re-release a celebration.
Track Listing: This Masquerade; Don
Personnel: Gene Harris
Record Label: Concord Music Group