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The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In the five years spanning 1958 to '62, not only a time of great consolidation and experimentation in jazz but a glorious age for the label, who would you guess was Blue Note Records' best-selling act? Thanks to their nine albums and nearly two dozen more jukebox singles, it was The Three Sounds.

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Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nell'alveo turbolento della musica afroamericana, scorre sottotraccia da più di mezzo secolo la corrente rapida e ridente del soul-jazz--che chiamiamo così solo per comodità -, di cui The Three Sounds sono stati alfieri indefessi per almeno tre lustri, vantando successi popolari da far invidia a colleghi ben più dotati nella sostanza musicale.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old tapes hide in the archives, deep in the dark corners of record company closets, and even the occasional back yard tool shed--Hal Schaefer's How Do You Like this Piano Playing (Summit Records, 2009). Finding and bringing these lost treasures to the listening public seems to have turned into an industry of its own. And ...

Not Feelin’ All Right: Guilt and Those Cheap Imported Box Sets

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When I was in high school in the '70s, I bought a jazz record with an unusual request in the liner notes. The artist--I think it was Chick Corea--asked fans not to tape his record and pass it around to friends.

He said (and I'm paraphrasing from memory): “If you like jazz and you ...

Introducing the Three Sounds – Blue Note 1600

Read "Introducing the Three Sounds – Blue Note 1600" reviewed by Marc Davis

This is the moment I've been looking forward to, and dreading. The Three Sounds. A piano trio I've heard of, but never heard. And what I'd heard about them wasn't entirely nice. I was sure I would hate them, but still I was very curious.

The Three Sounds. Here's a band that was intensely ...

ARTICLE: FUTURE JAZZ

Jamming For Dollars

Read "Jamming For Dollars" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

The History, Care, Feeding and Booking of the Jazz Jam Session“Fusion and the new stuff? It doesn't offend me, but a lot of the soloists sort of sound alike, like they all learned the same licks from the same school. When I was coming up in the 1940s, it seemed that every corner bar had a ...

The Three Sounds: Live at the Lighthouse

Read "Live at the Lighthouse" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

On a purely non-musical basis, Blue Note's continued mining of releases from the catalog of The Three Sounds comes at a befitting moment, taking into account the recent and premature deaths of bassist Andy Simpkins and pianist Gene Harris. Of course, the music is what matters most in the end, and a great deal of the ...

The Three Sounds: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Uncontainable. It is often said in any generic biography about almost any jazz pianist that they were skilled in playing the blues. This may or may not be true. In the case of Gene Harris, he should be the definition of jazz blues. His playing has always possessed a muscular, intelligent, double-fisted character that appealed to ...

The Three Sounds: Babe's Blues

Read "Babe's Blues" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Bravo for pianist Gene Harris, who seems to have recently and belatedly been discovered. After churning out dozens of fine records in the 1960s for Blue Note, Verve, Mercury and Limelight, then drowning in funk and disco records in the 1970s, he finally gave it all up and retired to Idaho. Bassist Ray Brown coaxed him ...