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Barry Harris: Live at DUG

This is probably the first bop album in over 40 years to open with “How High The Moon,” but it does serve to remind us of how little has changed on the club date scene. In this case, the highly esteemed Harris was recorded live on a gig at Tokyo’s “DUG” in the company of acoustic bassist Kunimitsu Inaba and drummer Fumio Watanabe, who, despite their local popularity, add little to this occasion. A yawn-inducing “Somebody Loves Me” drags along at a tired mule’s pace, but Earl Bostic’s medium-up “No Name Blues” is somewhat redemptive, at least insofar as Harris is concerned. Happily, the recording balance improves on Bud Powell’s “Oblivion” and “It Could Happen To You,” which simply means that the piano mike has been turned up a notch.

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