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HARRIS, Barry

(b 15 Dec. '29, Detroit MI) Piano, composer. His crisp playing is an underrated infl. on his own and younger generations. Worked for Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley; moved to NYC c'60; accompanied Coleman Hawkins '60s; played and taught in NYC, forming club/school Jazz Cultural Center '82: he is not only a superb player of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Tadd Dameron's music, but also a superb teacher of it. Albums incl. trio Breakin' It Up '58 on Argo/Cadet, trios At The Jazz Workshop and Preminado '60--61 on Riverside; solo Listen To Barry Harris '61, quintet Newer Than New '61 on Riverside, sextet Luminescence and Bull's Eye '67--8 on Prestige; eight more trio sets on Riverside, Prestige and Xanadu incl. Plays Tadd Dameron '75 on Xanadu. Live In Tokyo '76 on Xanadu had Charles McPherson and Jimmy Raney added on some tracks; Plays Barry Harris '78 was all his own tunes, incl. 'Father Flanagan', no doubt with fellow Detroiter Tommy Flanagan in mind. Stay Right With It on Milestone compiled tracks from the solo LP and Preminado. He also contributed trio tracks to CBS two-disc sets I Remember Bebop and They All Played Bebop. Later CDs incl. The Bird Of Red And Gold on Xanadu, solo Vol. 12 in Concord's Live At Maybeck Recital Hall series '91, quartets Reflections '90 on Red with Charles Davis, Confirmation '91 on Candid with Kenny Barron. First Time Ever '96 on Evidence was a trio with George Mraz and Leroy Williams.