The Three Sounds – Groovin’ Hard (Live at The Penthouse, 1964-1968) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:11 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Resonance Records
Groovin’ Hard is a collection of previously unreleased live recordings of the legendary jazz trio, The Three Sounds, led by groove-master pianist Gene Harris. Captured live at Seattle’s Penthouse jazz club from 1964-1968, featuring longtime Three Sounds bassist Andy Simpkins and drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, this set contains soulful originals and jazz standards such as ‘Blue Genes’ and ‘The Shadow of Your Smile,’ which was never released on any other Three Sounds album. The deluxe CD package features a 20-page book of rare photos and memorabilia including the classic image on the cover of the trio performing at the club taken by photographer Egill Gustafson plus essays by journalist Ted Panken, Seattle Jazz DJ Jim Wilke, and Resonance producers Zev Feldman and George Klabin. The Three Sounds were one of the most popular groups on the iconic Blue Note Records label during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and this album compiled from tapes originally broadcast on the radio show Jazz from the Penthouse shows why.
The old tapes hide in the archives, deep in the dark corners of record company closets, and even the occasional back yard tool shed… Finding and bringing these lost treasures to the listening public seems to have turned into an industry of its own. And praise be the effort.
Now Resonance Records, riding the crest of the wave of the undiscovered treasures game, offers up Groovin’ Hard: Live At the Penthouse, 1964-1968 by Three Sounds Featuring Gene Harris.
Harris held down the piano chair during the fifteen year life span of the group. Drummers changed; the bass changed. Gene Harris was the constant in a group that released fifteen albums on Blue Note Records, achieving the distinction of being one of the label’s top selling acts between 1958 and 1962. The group’s sound was soulful, always in the groove. This was a time when soul and groove had carved out a niche—saxophonists Stanley Turrentine and Lou Donaldson were doing their part; and so was Red Garland. Harris always sounded a bit like Garland, with a shade less elegance, but like he was having a better time at it.
1-1. The Three Sounds – Girl Talk (Live) (06:22)
1-2. The Three Sounds – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Live) (05:49)
1-3. The Three Sounds – Blue Genes (Live) (03:10)
1-4. The Three Sounds – The Shadow Of Your Smile (Live) (06:55)
1-5. The Three Sounds – Rat Down Front (Live) (02:25)
1-6. The Three Sounds – Yours Is My Heart Alone (Live) (07:49)
1-7. The Three Sounds – A.M. Blues (Live) (04:09)
1-8. The Three Sounds – Bluesette (Live) (06:48)
1-9. The Three Sounds – Caesar and Cleopatra (Live) (04:57)
1-10. The Three Sounds – The Boogaloo (Live) (02:43)