Gene Harris: Uptown Sop


Uptown Sop


Gene Harris (piano)


The Gene Harris Trio Plus One (Concord Jazz CCD 4303)

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Gene Harris (piano), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Ray Brown (bass), Mickey Roker (drums).

Composed by Ray Brown


Recorded: The Blue Note, New York, November or December 1985


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

To soul-food connoisseurs such as your humble reviewer, sop refers not to bribe, fool or Standard Operating Procedure, but rather to what Essence magazine's Khephra Burns describes as that "all-too-fleeting moment of ultimate contentment when the last sop of gravy is wiped up with a biscuit." Similarly mouthwatering is the "Uptown Sop" tandem of Harris & Turrentine, here reunited a quarter century after their memorable Blue Note Blue Hour soul-feast. Warmed by the enthusiastic crowd attending this live recording, and further heated by a simmering rhythm section, Harris & Turrentine wipe every plate in the place cleaner than an automatic dishwasher. Ultimate contentment.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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