Barry Harris

First Time Ever

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Despite the title (which is one of six Barry Harris originals on this set) and the fact that this is the first time that the pianist and drummer Leroy Williams ever recorded with bassist George Mraz, the music is not all that unique. However Harris (66 at the time) was still very much in his prime and remained one of the top classic bop piano stylists around, constantly displaying the influence of Bud Powell. His originals are very much in the tradition and are highlighted by "Uno Dos Tres," a tribute to the late pianist Walter Davis, Jr. and his catchy "Nascimento." In addition to the newer material, Harris and his trio perform "You Go to My Head" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." A strong effort.

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