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Soul Symphony [The Three Sounds]

  • 1. Soul Symphony
    2. Repeat After Me
    3. Upper Four Hundred
    4. Popsicle Pimp
    5. Black Sugar
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 223842

  • Credits
    ProducerDee Ervin; Monk Higgins; Michael Cuscuna (Reissue)
    EngineerBert Agudelo

    The 3 Sounds: Gene Harris (piano); Henry Franklin (upright bass); Carl Burnett (drums).
    Personnel: Arthur Maebe (French horn); Carl Burnette (drums); Clydie King, Mamie Galore (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Freddy Robinson (guitar); Buddy Collette (flute, alto flute); David Duke (French horn); Alan Estes (percussion); Specialties Unlimited (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Christina Hersch.
    Liner Note Author: Todd Everett.
    Recording information: Liberty Studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/1969); Los Angeles, CA (09/1969).
    Arranger: Monk Higgins.
    The Three Sounds had a remarkably prolific career, releasing a steady stream of albums throughout the 1950s and `60s. By the time of 1969's SOUL SYMPHONY, the group's final album, both the make-up and the sound of the group had changed. Only one of the original trio remained, and the music, far removed from the spare, groove-oriented instrumental post bop that had defined most of their output, was now dominated by string arrangements and easy-listening-style vocals. Pianist Gene Harris brought in outside musicians to complete this ode to urban life in the late `60s. The results may not please old-school fans of the Three Sounds, but will certainly fit a niche market interested in jazz and fusion experiments from the era.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he early parts of the 26-minute title track are imaginative, combining tender piano lines against subtle string accompaniment followed by a slow funk groove..."
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