All songs written and arranged by Bill Heid except
Track 4 (Henry Franklin) and
tracks 3 & 7 (McCoy Tyner)
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"This is a beautifully produced piece of art from beginning to end. You are guaranteed nearly fifty minutes of continuous, jazzy listening pleasure." - DeeDee McNeil - Musical Memoirs
Henry Franklin (the ringleader of the trio!) has had the pleasure of having recorded 24 records & CDs as a leader and has played on over 150 recordings. Those include two Gold records - with HUGH MASEKELA (“Grazin’ in the Grass”) and STEVIE WONDER (“The Life of Talking Plants”).
This CD is a powerful musical tribute to two legendary artists who have revolutionized the jazz piano - McCoy Tyner and Gene Harris. Henry and Carl played extensively with Mr. Harris in the 1970s. The trio combines the high energy of McCoy Tyner and feeling of Gene Harris. It is a musical journey you’ll want to take again and again.
Distribution: City Hall Records
REVIEW: L.A. Jazz Scene, May 2016 issue - Glenn A. Mitchell
Three More Sounds Plus One
SP Records #1027
(Street Release Date, April 14, 2016)
When the “Skipper,” Henry Franklin (bass) and long time friend, Carl Burnett, (drums) get together they make more magic carried forward from their original time with Gene Harris’ Three Sounds. This CD is a tribute to McCoy Tyner and also to the Three Sounds.
Franklin met pianist, Bill Heid during one of his recent working trips to China. They worked together for many months and recently these three above mentioned musicians decided to produce this CD together. They added an important member, tenor and soprano saxophonist, Chuck Manning. Both Heid and Manning have many amazing musical credits in their careers.
There are eight tune selections on this album. Five are written by Heid and and two are from late/great McCoy Tyner. Franklin has his own “Under Tanzanian Skies.” The collaboration of these musicians makes a major impact representing the title High Voltage.
Pianist Heid plays and employs a funky groove in almost everything he performs. It is perfect for these two tributes. His own composition “Brother George” begins the CD, making a nice melodic statement and moving into a groovy four/four rhythmic shuffle during the number, leaving room for a superb bass solo from Franklin. Heid’s “Unit 8” highlights Chuck Manning playing the melody with bass and drums tastefully supporting him and nice piano lines from Heid.
Two compositions written by McCoy Tyner, “The Greeting” features Heid in an up tempo piano solo. It has a whole step progression in the number and Heid shines brilliantly. In “Mellow Minor” the rhythm is straight ahead and grooves perfectly.
The eighth selection, “Bu Yao,” written by Heid sparkles and has a call and answer from Heid’s brilliant piano work with bass and drums responding. Manning’s indelible playing brings this tune to the forefront. This CD is one that produces impressive and ‘best’ numbers for each tune presented here.
Please visit Henry Franklin’s website: www.henryfranklin.com.
Enjoy this CD. You will listen again and again. Excellent, highly recommended!