The First Time Ever, Alfa Jazz/Evidence CD ECD 22192-2, 1997
True jazz original
I first remember hearing Harris on Lee
Morgans Sidewinder, a classic mid-60s soul
jazz concoction. He didnt get much solo space on the title cut,
but he knocked me out on "Totem Pole." How could anyone be so
smooth and so funky? His solos sounded like Sean Connery strolling
through a James Bond movie. On The First Time Ever, that
urbane bluesiness is still there. Just listen to "Smoke Gets In
Your Eyes." Even though Harris doesnt seem to be much of an
extrovert and his manner is dry at times, hes an astonishing
musician with a great feeling for the music.
The other pleasure of this CD is hearing George Mraz on bass, who
gets at least one chorus on every song. His depth and richness are a
perfect counterweight to Harris brilliance. The First
Time Ever isnt a gemits a piece of jewelry. Each
phrase, each transition, each change is a little gem and theyre
all strung together with grace and style. Pete
Glenn Brooks says... Recorded to perfection by Rudy Van Gelder.
Fine and truly original stuff.