Gene Harris: Uptown Sop
Gene Harris (piano)
The Gene Harris Trio Plus One (Concord Jazz CCD 4303)
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