The Three Sounds – Bottoms UP! (1959/2009)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 39:55 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: acousticsounds.com | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Note Records
The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were “discovered” by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.
The second record by the Three Sounds (which, like too many of their recordings, has yet to be reissued on CD in the U.S.) features the increasingly popular group in prime form. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy are in top form performing their brand of funky jazz, which left plenty of room for inventive solos along with the percolating grooves. On this set, the trio plays seven standards (including “Besame Mucho,” “Love Walked In” and “I Could Write a Book”), plus the original “Jinne Lou.” Well worth searching for. –Scott Yanow
1 Bésame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez) 4:02
2 Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis) 5:10
3 Time After Time (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) 4:51
4 Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 6:05
5 I Could Write a Book (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) 4:52
6 Jinne Lou (Gene Harris) 4:54
7 Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) 3:06
8 Falling in Love With Love (Hart, Rodgers) 6:43
Gene Harris – piano, celeste
Andrew Simpkins – bass
Bill Dowdy – drums
Recorded: September 16, 1958 (#2, 8), September 28, 1958 (#3), February 11, 1959 (#1, 4-7) at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech.