Down Beat (3/98, p.64) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...Harris and...McDuff have such empathetic sensibilities, they make an ideal pair....both are hearty bluesmeisters..."
Personnel: Gene Harris (piano); Jack McDuff (Hammond B-3 organ); Curtis Stigers, Niki Harris (vocals); Ron Eschete (guitar); Luther Hughes (bass); Paul Humphrey (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California on December 11 & 12, 1996. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
Personnel: Gene Harris (piano); Curtis Stigers, Niki Harris (vocals); Ron Eschete (guitar); Paul Humphrey (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, LA, CA (12/11/1996-12/12/1996).
Photographer: Bruce Burr.
The deep, soulful blues that these two masters and their supporting cast lay down is as rich with tradition and groove as the title suggests. Upon listening, it's hard to believe this is the first time the two have collaborated on such a project. Dripping with taste and finesse, their playing styles compliment each other so well it would seem this has been a lifelong partnership.
Exploring both instrumental and vocal blues mediums (with the help of vocalists Niki Harris and Curtis Stigers), Harris's piano and McDuff's B-3 swing and sway through nine tracks of standards and originals. From the very traditional "Down Home Blues" and "Stormy Monday" to the funky "Smack Dab In The Middle," the groove remains upbeat and constant. The lightly swinging "Time After Time" and the delicate "You Don't Know What Love Is" prove to be superb interpretations of these classics. Hefty contributions by guitarist Ron Eschete, drummer Paul Humphrey and bassist Luther Hughes complete the groove to make this disc one of the best marriages of jazz and traditional blues around.
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