Baltimorean pianist LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR. is known for an energetic sense of rhythmic vitality, a tasty, full bodied musical approach to the keyboard, and a sensibility drenched in the blues. A staple at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem for a number of years as well as a member of various aggregations led by Max Roach, Harris’ new recording reflects this experience as well as a myriad of influences, from boogie-woogie legend Sammy Price to Kenny Barron and Barry Harris, all of whom encouraged Lafayette as an up-and-coming player. Bassist Peter Washington brings a forceful sense of rhythm and lyrically rounded solos to the date, and drummer Lewis Nash keeps the rhythms swinging strongly and as steady as a Swiss watch. A thoughtful setlist and sterling sound from the Van Gelder Studio makes this a self-recommending album.
LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR., piano • Peter Washington, bass • Lewis Nash, drums
TRACKS: He's My Guy • I Love You Yes I Do • Blues for Barry Harris • Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying • Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye • Things Ain't What They Used to Be • Love Me in a Special Way • Bloomdido • You Can't Lose with the Blues • Wonder Why • Please Send Me Someone to Love • The Juicy Blues
He's My Guy
You Can't Lose with the Blues