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The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard

The Three Sounds album cover

The genre known as Soul Jazz was responsible for bringing legions of fans to jazz, and keeping them satisfied too! Author Bob Porter, in his recently published book, "Soul Jazz" says it's probably the reason many had a radio around in the first place.  One of the powerhouse trio groups was The Three Sounds. Featuring pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy, standards stood up and moved. Originals guaranteed you'd be back for another listen.

Add to this the excitement of the live performance and you have "Groovin' Hard", never before released 1960's performances captured by long time radio host, engineer Jim Wilke. Whether "Girl Talk", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", the film theme from "Caesar And Cleopatra", or originals like "Rat Down Front" and "The Boogaloo", you can feel the good time audiences had at the Penthouse in Seattle where the trio was recorded.

"Groovin' Hard", from Resonance Records, comes out January 13th.

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