September 11, 1994 |
* * * 1/2 GENE HARRIS QUARTET, "Funky Gene's," Concord Jazz. Here are four master chefs who cook as one. Blessed with a long collective track record, pianist Harris works tightly with the admirable guitarist Ron Eschete, Luther Hughes on bass and Paul Humphrey. There are a couple of agreeable ballads, but the accent is on blues: a blues for Basie, a blues by Basie, "Ahmad's Blues." Harris always knows the exact tempo for each tune: "Nice and Easy" could well have been the title track.
June 7, 1997
On Monday night, a group of seasoned jazz musicians will perform to help one of their own, jazz singer Stephanie Haynes. Haynes, who has no health insurance, was hit with big medical bills after an undisclosed illness last month. "[Being uninsured] is a common thing with musicians," said Jack Prather, who organized the event to help cover her expenses. Because she is recovering from surgery, Haynes will not attend.