The 3 Sounds

Three Moods

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When the Three Sounds briefly left Blue Note for Limelight in the mid-'60s, there was a noticeable drop in the quality of their albums. This LP gives no indication from the cover that most tracks have additional strings or brass. The strings tend to overwhelm Gene Harris' piano in rather disappointing takes of "Change Partners," "The Second Time Around," and the normally exciting "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." A rather unimaginative arrangement of the mid-'60s pop hit "What Now My Love" adds six trombonists (who are playing plodding accompanying lines in unison), but the track ends up very predictable, as do the other three songs which add brass. The only memorable tracks recorded during these sessions feature the trio without any additional musicians, a bluesy, very deliberate take of "You've Changed" and the pianist's up-tempo blues "Our Theme." There are many better recordings by the Three Sounds, so this long unavailable LP can be safely bypassed.

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