Barry Harris Trio With Al Cohn (2 LP on 1 CD)
Al Cohn (ts), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones, Larry Ridley (b), Leroy Williams, Alan Dawson (d)
Originally issued in the Xanadu label, these studio quartet sessions showcase the collaborations between two of the most exciting figures of their instruments: tenor sax giant Al Cohn & piano master Barry Harris, who are joined here by two incarnations of the pianist's regular trio.
01. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (5:04)
02. NIGHT AND DAY (8:34)
03. MY SHINING HOUR (8:33)
04. BRIGHT (5:09)
05. SKYLARK (6:18)
06. WOODY 'N YOU (5:54)
07. COMIN' HOME (6:06)
08. YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING (6:09) (*) Bonus Track
09. LOVER (9:50) (*) Bonus Track
10. PLAY IT NOW (5:03) (*) Bonus Track
11. GEORGIA ON MY MIND (6:16) (*) Bonus Track
12. IT'S SAND, MAN (5:43) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 78:40 min.
Tracks #1-7 originally issued as "America" (Xanadu LP 138).
Tracks #8-12 taken from the original album "Play it Now" (Xanadu LP 110).
Personnel on tracks #1-7: Al Cohn (ts), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones (b) and Leroy Williams (d). Recorded in New York City, on December 6, 1976.
Personnel on tracks #8-12: Al Cohn (ts), Barry Harris (p), Larry Ridley (b) and Alan Dawson (d). Recorded in New York City, on June 19, 1975.
"Al Cohn's series of albums for Xanadu were among the happiest and most exciting of his career. Freed of his usual writing duties, Cohn sounds exuberant jamming through seven songs with pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams. In addition to some superior standards (including "My Shining Hour," "Night Aand Day" and "Skylark"), Cohn performs a memorable bossa-nova version of "America the Beautiful."
-Play It Now
"Tenor saxophonist Al Cohn did some of his finest playing during his period (1975-80) with Xanadu. For this quartet set, Cohn is ably backed by the great bop pianist Barry Harris, bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Alan Dawson. Cohn, who had spent much of his career as a successful arranger/composer, contributed only one of the six numbers ("Play It Now") on the album and was content to jam spiritedly on such tunes as "Lover," "Irresistible You" and "It's Sand, Man."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide