The Three Sounds – Introducing the Three Sounds (1958/1987)

The Three Sounds - Introducing the Three Sounds (1958/1987)
Artist: The Three Sounds
Album: Introducing the Three Sounds
Label: Blue Note
Year Of Release: 1958/1987
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)

01 – Tenderly
02 – Willow Weep For Me
03 – Both Sides
04 – Blue Bells
05 – It’s Nice
06 – Goin’ Home
07 – Wouldn’t You
08 – O Sole Mio
09 – Bobby
10 – Mo-Ge
11 – It Might As Well Be Spring
12 – Soft Touch
13 – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
14 – Goin’ Home (Alternate Take)


Gene Harris – Piano
Andrew Simpkins – Bass
Bill Dowdy – Drums

What’s remarkable about Introducing the Three Sounds is how the trio’s lightly swinging sound arrived fully intact. From the basis of this album, it sounds as if pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andrew Simpkins, and drummer William Dowdy have been playing together for years. There’s empathetic, nearly intuitive interplay between the three musicians, and Harris’s deft style already sounds mature and entirely distinctive. There’s no question that this music is easy to listen to, but dismissing it because of that would be wrong — there’s genuine style in their light touch and in Harris’ bluesy compositions. The Three Sounds never really deviated from the sound they established on Introducing, but that’s one of the things that is so remarkable — they were fully formed on their very first album. Even if it was a peak, it wasn’t the only peak in their career. They would often match the heights of this album, but this debut remains a shining jewel in their catalog, and the way to become acquainted with their sound. [The CD reissue of Introducing the Three Sounds contains the five outtakes plus the alternate take of “Goin’ Home” that originally comprised the Japanese album, Introducing the Three Sounds, Vol. 2.]~Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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