On this Fresh Sound CD, Gene Harris sounds more like Oscar Peterson than himself, since he had not yet developed the bluesy style that was the trademark of his many recordings for Concord during the last two decades of his life. This 1955 studio session with bassist Mike Long and drummer George Herman predates his initial record as leader of the Three Sounds by approximately three years, and it was likely recorded for Jubilee, although the information is very sketchy. The 14 songs on this release are rather brief and to the point, with the focus on Harris, although both Long and Herman get a few brief features. Since Harris had only been discharged from his three-year stint in the army the year before, it's obvious that his approach to the keyboard was still forming at the time this album was made. Highlights include a very relaxed treatment of "Old Devil Moon" and a brisk rendition of "I'd Do Anything for You."
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden