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Gene Harris and the Philip Morris All-Stars: Live

I don’t know how Gene Harris got to be leader of the Philip Morris All-Stars, because on the evidence here he appears to be a busy, somewhat bombastic player-and loud. There is, however, an increasing tendency for engineers with the new equipment to over-record piano. Few listeners can wish to be inside that instrument when even its best exponents are working it over.

Ernie Andrews is loud, too, on blues medleys, in a cheeky way-effrontery with a smile, as it were. Stanley Turrentine is energetic, but not very convincing, so what real smoking is done (for Philip Morris) is by Sweets Edision (his “I Wish I Knew” survives a Harris outburst) and Kenny Burrell, with able support from George Mraz and the neat Lewis Nash. An audience of “intellectuals and glitterati” apparently ate it all up happily.

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