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Elegant Soul: The Life and Music of Gene Harris by Janie Harris and Bob Evancho

Janie Harris’ loving, poignant memoir Elegant Soul doesn’t ignore the considerable musical achievements of her late husband, Gene Harris. But Bob Evancho’s participation ensures that Harris’ talents are completely illuminated, from his flair for the blues and infusion of gospel licks to his underrated rhythmic and swinging qualities. While Evancho ably handles the keyboard-evaluation duties, Janie Harris provides the personality nuggets. As the longtime manager of both the Gene Harris quartet and Superband, she recalls incidents, concerts and events ranging from humorous asides to more troubling details of his battle against the physical ailments and illness that finally ended Harris’ life in 2000.

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