GERRY BEAUDOIN TRIO FEATURING HARRY ALLEN

  

I Often Thought You’d Never Leave Me         So Long Ebony           Hamilton Honeymoon

RECORDING: THE RETURN FRANCESCA RECORDS 1001

PRODUCED BY: J.Geils For Francesca Records

RECORDED AT: Wellspring Sound Acton MA By Tim Kelleher

COVER DESIGN: Gerard Beaudoin 3rd   LINER NOTES: Fred Bouchard

Collaborations are nothing new in the history of jazz.  Ellington and Strayhorn, Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Stanley Turrintine and Kenny Burrell are examples of artists who pooled their talent and ideas to create memorable and moving music. The Gerry Beaudoin Trio with Harry Allen is another memorable musical experience in this jazz tradition.  Meeting at a concert together in 2009 they found an instant musical camaraderie and respect for each other’s music. That turned into a recording session months later and the recording “ Gerry Beaudoin Trio: The Return with Harry Allen”is the result of a that chance meeting in 2009. The Return features trio and quartet tracks and eight Beaudoin Compositions as well as two standards. “  Harry was the perfect foil for my trio and my songs, and I knew that first night we played together was the beginning of a new chapter in my career.”  Harry comments,” Some recordings are fun to make from start to finish.  This was one of them. Great guys, great musicians, great tunes. We swung the whole afternoon away.” The Gerry Beaudoin Trio features two long time players in Gerry’s musical orbit, bassist Jesse Williams and drummer Les Harris Jr.  In Gerry’s words “ they remind me of the great rhythm sections in jazz like Percy Heath and Connie Kay, Sam Jones and Lewis Hayes and Chambers and Cobb. When I play with them I know I’ll play well because they can’t help but make me play at the top of my game.

Francesca Records  guest recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry’s CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan’s Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll and Jazz Journal International’s critic’s poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won’t Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. Harry Allen is one of the present generations stars of jazz and is a regular performer at jazz festivals around the globe.  Jazz critic Gene Lee’s had this to say about Harry Allen. “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in Harry Allen.”

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Jesse Williams   “… Boy can Jesse play. We have a common background in blues and jazz which draws us closer musically. “- Gerry Beaudoin

Les Harris Jr

“… Les is one mean, lean swinging machine. Taste and sensitivity are his middle name.”  – Gerry Beaudoin

“… What can I say about Harry that hasn’t already been said. Taste and tone are only two things in his bag of tricks.”-Gerry Beaudoin

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