1996 CD reissue, with Bob Cranshaw, Clifford Jarvis.
Long before leaving his native Detroit, Barry Harris knew the musical path he intended to pursue–that of his idols Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. At the time of his early Sixties Riverside recordings, of which Chasin’ the Bird is a stellar example, this reverence for the masters of bebop placed him slightly out of step with other, more radical stylists who were also making their mark on the New York scene; yet few demonstrated the depth of concept that the pianist already commanded, and Harris quickly established the position of model modernist that he holds to this day.
Everything was in place on this trio date, including the relaxed and infectious flow of Harris’s improvisations (which suggest Bud Powell with a less extreme metabolism), the pithy eloquence of his three originals (especially the unusual 12-bar opus "Around the Corner"), and his ability to lock into a groove with a most sympathetic rhythm section.
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