Audiohpile 180g LP Auflage aus dem Hause "Music Matters". Alle LPs dieser Serie von Blue Note Wiederveröffentlichungen wurden mit äußerster Sorgfalt von Kevin Gray bei Cohearent Audio von den originalen Rudy can Gelder Masterbändern neu gemastered. Jede LP kommt im Gatefold-Cover, das aus schwerer Pappe gefertigt und hochglanzbeschichtet ist. Die Innenseite der Cover zeigt bisher unveröffentlichtes Bildmaterial der damaligen Sessions. - Die Platten wurden bei RTI in den USA gepresst und sind in Klang und Fertigung sehr überzeugend. Eindeutig findet man in dieser Serie von Music Matters gebührende Nachfolger der einstigen Blue Note Neuauflagen von Classic Records, die nun zum Teil unbezahlbar werden.
Der Hersteller schreibt über das Album:
"Blue Hour has such a logical match up that it is very surprising that it did not happen again. Stanley Turrentine, the most soulful of all tenor-saxophonists, teams up with Gene Harris and the Three Sounds, one of the most swinging soul jazz trios, a group that was at the height of its popularity. The results are magical and timeless. At the time of this Dec. 16, 1960 recording, Stanley Turrentine was 26 and on the verge of stardom in the jazz world and beyond. In the 1950s he had worked with Lowell Fulson, Earl Bostic and other r&b bands. Most significant were his 1959-60 stint with Max Roach and his recordings with Jimmy Smith which helped lead to his signing with Blue Note. From the start, Turrentine’s fat tone, soulful style and ability to put a maximum amount of emotion into every single note made him instantly recognizable. Gene Harris was Turrentine’s equivalent on piano. His gutsy and bluesy style mixed together Oscar Peterson with Junior Mance. He formed the Three Sounds with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy in 1956 and the group was such a hit that they recorded 12 albums for Blue Note during 1958-62 including four in 1960 alone. Blue Hour features the original “Blue Riff” plus four of the most beloved songs in blues and jazz history. No matter how many times one has heard such songs as “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You,” “Willow Weep For Me” and “Since I Fell For You,” these versions are still very special. Turrentine and Harris have similar approaches, being jazz masters who loved to play the blues. They constantly echo each other’s ideas and put such feeling into these vintage songs that they make every moment count. Stanley Turrentine and Gene Harris may have only teamed up this one time but Blue Hour is a classic that will be loved by anyone who is lucky enough to hear it."
Bass – Andrew Simpkins
Drums – Bill Dowdy
Piano – Gene Harris
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine
Das Album enthält folgende Stücke:
1. I Want A Little Girl
2. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
3. Blue Riff
4. Since I Fell For You
5. Willow Weep For Me