Barry Harris

The Bird of Red and Gold

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The Bird of Red and Gold Review

by Scott Yanow

Although this LP claims to have the recording date of Sep. 18, 1989 and is listed so in some discographies, the album itself came out in 1982, making one assume that it is really from 1979. Unlike most of his other Xanadu LPs (which were generally dedicated to the work of one composer), this solo recital by pianist Barry Harris is a more diverse set. Harris contributed five originals (including his haunting "Nascimento" and the title cut, which he also sings) and also plays some standards and Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica." Superior bop-based music.

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