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Allan Harris: Nobody's Gonna Love You Better

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Singer Allan Harris describes his Friday nights at his Aunt Theodosia's house as musical rapture that makes him smile even today. It's because those nights thrilled a youngster as he was treated to the sounds of Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Brooke Benton, Nat Cole, Bessie Smith and Charlie Pride.

Then came Saturday night - more smiles and just GOOD FEELINGS from Mahalia Jackson, Al Green, Booker T, Miles and Coltrane.

It's no wonder Harris grew up a musical griot, bringing with him those sense memories, heightened by a rapidly developing ability as a musical interpreter himself.

With "Nobody's Gonna Love You Better" Allan wants you to put the disc in the box, giving you your own Harlem Saturday Night jukebox in your house.

Right from the get you feel nobody loves this music the way Harris does...and wants you to.

From the bopish original title track which opens this mighty expression, Harris, accompanied by the piano and swirling organ of Pascal Le Boeuf, bassist Russell Hall and spirited timekeeper Shirazette Tinnin sets the listener up for a righteous ride.

"Any Major Will Tell You", from the Becker/Fagen Steely Dan book, sounds as they wrote it just for Harris - a nice spin.

In tandem with his voice, his guitar swings brightly on "More Today Than Yesterday".

By now we're hooked - taken totally by what's to follow, a bluesy "I Remember You", an island ride on Dori Caymmi's "Doralice", a new mood for "Moody's Mood For Love", swingin' "Up From The Skies" that would make Hendrix grin.

With his new recording, Allan Harris wants you to know who he is today - A storyteller, a troubadour and most of all a musician.

He champions the past, celebrates the present, and gives the listener something to look and listen forward.

"Nobody's Gonna Love You Better" comes out September 16. Allan celebrates his new offering live at Smoke in New York on 9/28 & 9/29.

Gary Walker / Morning Jazz

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