Ballad Essentials

Gene Harris

Ballad Essentials CCD 2170 2
  • CAT # CCD-2170-25

    1. Sweet And Lovely 5:56
    2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 4:34
    3. Until The Real Thing Comes Along 6:25
    4. The Masquerade 6:24
    5. At Last 5:09
    6. Everything Happens To Me 6:45
    7. Black And Blue 6:32
    8. When You Wish Upon A Star 5:21
    9. You Don't Know What Love Is 5:01
    10. That's All 8:08
    11. Angel Eyes 6:27

The peerless combination of musical qualities that Gene Harris unleashed on up-tempo burners and deep-in-the-pocket medium-tempo swingers—and made him one of jazz’s most exciting and accessible pianists—are the same qualities that enliven his timeless interpretations of ballads. Combining heartfelt passion, a healthy dose of blues inflection, masterful dynamic shadings, and an innate, unwavering sense of time and swing, Gene shapes each ballad into a vibrant musical story. Selected from the numerous recordings he made as a leader for Concord Jazz, the eleven selections presented in this collection are the very best of Gene Harris’ enduring ballad performances.

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