The Three Sounds

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz jazz piano piano swing piano jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Led by self-taught pianist Gene Harris (1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA), the Three Sounds’ smooth mainstream jazz proved highly popular during a recording career that spanned over 10 years. After Harris left the army he played with several bands on the Midwest circuit, before befriending drummer Bill Dowdy in South Bend, Indiana. The two men formed the Four Sounds with bass player Andy Simpkins (b. Andrew Simpkins, 29 April 1932, Richmond, Indiana, USA, d. 2 June 1999, Los Angeles, California, USA), but after unsuccessfully experimenting with several tenor saxophonists they reverted to the Three Sounds, playing a bluesy style of mainstream jazz. Support slots for soloists including Lester Young, Sonny Stitt, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell and Nat Adderley established the trio’s reputation. A move to New York led to a contract with Blue Note Records.

Their 1958 debut Introducing The...

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