There were multiple reasons for me to compose this document. I have been listening to Gene Harris since I was a child and have always been captivated by his use of diatonic language in his improvisation along with his innate ability to create energy throughout his solos. As I continued to research Harris, I discovered that he was dismissed by many critics, has minimal literature written about his work and is largely forgotten by most jazz fans and even some jazz musicians when regarding the upper echelon of jazz pianists. All of these factors inspired me to write my dissertation about him. I hope by the end of this lecture will have will provided a greater appreciate for and understanding of Gene Harris’s improvisational prowess.
Bianchini, Gianni, "An Analysis of the Improvisational Techniques of Gene Harris" (2018). University Presentations. 8.