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Gene Harris Quartet - Another Night in London (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Gene Harris Quartet - Another Night in London (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Gene Harris Quartet
Title: Another Night in London
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz, Standards
Label: © Resonance Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:09
Recorded: Pizza Express, London, May, 1996

Lured out of retirement by bassist Ray Brown after taking extensive time off from the road, pianist Gene Harris recorded extensively from the mid-'80s until shortly before his untimely death in early 2000. This is the second Resonance CD to come from a 1996 engagement at London's Pizza Express, features the pianist with a group of European musicians (Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen plus two Englishmen, bassist Andrew Clyendert and drummer Martin Drew, the latter of whom worked extensively with Oscar Peterson). While they had not played together prior to this engagement, they are very much on the same wavelength. "Sweet Georgia Brown" opens softly, with Mullen showing a funky touch, but as the piece develops Harris takes hold with his driving soulful technique. The breezy setting of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova "Meditation" sounds like the musicians have spent a lot of time in Rio de Janeiro, swinging it with boundless energy. Harris injects a good deal of humor into his bluesy take of the standard "Lady Be Good," with ample use of tremolo. The set closes with a rollicking, blues-drenched interpretation of "Georgia on My Mind" (which Mullen manages to fill with hilarious quotes, including John Philip Souza's "The Stars and Stripes Forever") that must have left the audience begging for more. One can only hope more music from this booking emerges on Resonance in the near future. --AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

Another Night in London follows the quartet's 2008 release Live in London (Resonance Records) with six long and luxurious tracks of soulful, bluesy jazz. The first track sets the tone, since this irresistibly buoyant "Sweet Georgia Brown" is followed by five more tunes that swing hard enough to make your houseplants dance.
Somehow, Gene Harris can play a relatively slow ballad like "That's All" and make it feel like a romp; and while his "Meditation" is technically Brazilian, it detours through the heart of Chicago. Guitarist Jim Mullen is a terrific foil, with his strong lines, witty quotes, and big, round tone, and the band sounds like it's having a ball. In all the jazz behind us and whatever lies ahead, it's a safe bet that it can't get any better than this. --Dr. Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz


Tracklist:
1 Sweet Georgia Brown 9:28
2 Meditation 8:39
3 That's All 8:01
4 Lady be Good 10:06
5 This Masquerade 11:26
6 Georgia on My Mind 13:29


Personnel:
Gene Harris, piano
Jim Mullen, guitar
Andrew Clyendert, bass
Martin Drew, drums


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