Gene Harris: Uptown Sop

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.

November 23, 2007 · 0 comments


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