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|1. Exactly Like You|
|2. Cry Me A River|
|3. Teach Me Tonight|
|4. Take The 'A' Train|
|5. Mistreated But Undefeated Blues|
|6. That's All|
|7. Easy Does It|
|8. Sweet Georgia Brown|
Personnel: Ray Brown (bass), Gene Harris (piano), Gerryck King (drums), Emily Remler (guitar), Red Holloway (saxophone, tenor saxophone)
Carl E. Jefferson recruited Brown for an all-blues Ernestine Anderson recording session during the 1984 Concord Jazz Festival, it was there Ray insisted that he use Harris too, we've played every song known to mankind in every different way. Ray and Gene have this spontaneity, no rehearsal as they pick songs and work them out while in the studio...kept playing them till they felt good...and that was that.
Of course highlights - "TAKE THE "A" TRAIN" a Billy Strayhorn tune of melodic quality..."THAT'S ALL" with Gene's clear as a bell tones on the ivorys, pure style with a lot of heart..."EASY DOES IT" is not one of Count Basie's best-known compositions, but it will be after you hear this arrangement and performance by the whole gang...and lastly "SWEET GEORGIA BROWN" with Ray Brown on bass and Harris echoing his chords, this one will make you feel good, never sounding as fresh or better...so sit back and enjoy this jam session with Ray Brown and Gene Harris on their musical trip to the land of Blues and Jazz!
Total Time: 45:52 on 8 Tracks...Concord Jazz CCD-4268...(1985)
All of the selections are very good but my favorites are:
"Exactly Like You", a good medium tempo offering, "Cry Me A River", forever associated with the late Julie London and a suitable vehicle for displaying Gene Harris' talents with a ballad, "Take The 'A' Train", done at a very slow tempo displaying the real beauty of the melody (note Ray's pretty bass work throughout), "Mistreated But Undefeated Blues", one that really rocks with the addition of Red Holloway, a strong bop soloist, and guitarist Emily Remler, "That's All", featuring tempo changes and a nice finish by Ray Brown, and "Sweet Georgia Brown" which has some beautiful exchanges taken at a slow tempo.
If you like the playing of either Ray Brown or Gene Harris, or just like good bop, you will enjoy this cd!
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