CD Magnificent [Barry Harris Trio (Piano)] (CD 195185),
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Magnificent [Barry Harris Trio (Piano)]

  • 1. Bean and the Boys
    2. You Sweet and Fancy Lady
    3. Rouge
    4. Ah-Leu-Cha
    5. Just Open Your Heart
    6. Sun Dance
    7. These Foolish Things
    8. Dexterity
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1026

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Schlitten
    EngineerPaul Goodman

    Personnel: Barry Harris (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Leroy Williams (drums).
    Recorded at RCA Studios, New York, New York on November 25, 1969. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
    Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
    Personnel: Barry Harris (piano); Leroy Williams (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
    Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
    Recording information: New York, NY (11/25/1969); RCA Studios; New York City (11/25/1969).
    Photographer: Don Schlitten.
    From the opening tour de force reading of Coleman Hawkins' "Bean and the Boys" to the closing performance of Charlie Parker's "Dexterity," Magnificent brilliantly illustrates Barry Harris' unique rapport with the bop piano tradition. Absolutely unlike the enervating, curatorial approach of the neo-con movement, Harris deals with the tradition as a continuum, perpetually rejuvenating and extending it. Along with the opening and closing tracks, the classics on this 1969 date include a caressing exploration of "These Foolish Things" and a dazzling treatment of "Ah-Leu-Cha." On the latter, Harris deftly finesses the counterpoint that was handled between Charlie Parker and Miles Davis on the original 1948 Savoy recording. Magnificent's classics meld seamlessly with the Harris originals. His "You Sweet and Fancy Lady" is in a sly, soulful Bobby Timmons style. "Rouge" (not the John Lewis tune) is a poignant ballad with muscle, not mush, at its heart. "Just Open Your Heart" begins Monk-ish, then modulates to statements that are more purely Harris'. "Sun Dance" (also not the John Lewis tune) is a contemporary Latin-flavored number. Harris, whose performances here reveal new subtleties with each listening, is superbly supported by bassist Ron Carter and drummer Leroy Williams. Both play their roles fairly straight, although Williams adds some interesting oblique accents, while Carter augments the dead-on precision of his walking style with harmonic spice, knowing use of space, double stops, and strummed passages. ~ Jim Todd

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (9/00, p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...An energetic late-1969 date....A surging 'Bean And The Boys' dedicated to Coleman Hawkins, kicks things off; [they] explore Bird, an iconic jukebox ballad and several catchy Harris originals."
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