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Watch the The Name is Harris online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know

Barry Harris has played on Blue Note classics by Lee Morgan (The Sidewinder), Hank Mobley (The Turnaround) and Dexter Gordon (Gettin’ Around) as well as recordings by Coleman Hawkins and Don Wilkerson, and a 1960 Harold Land recording, West Coast Blues!, that also featured Wes Montgomery on guitar. He’s also recorded plenty as a leader along the way, from dates for Argo and Riverside as early as 1958 down to 2009’s Live in Rennes. Like most pianists operating in that kind of company in the ‘60s, Harris could bring the down home funk and the bebop lines with equal ease - a helpful portfolio if you’re going to wind up on definitive tracks like Morgan’s "The Sidewinder."

Through his more recent work as an educator and his choice of material (tunes by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron and Thelonious Monk, among others) Harris has made the case for bebop as the definitive jazz dialect, and you can hear him speak that dialect with flawless syntax and a native’s inflections on numerous blues, including Sonny Criss’ "Jeannie’s Knees" and the minor blues "Saturday Morning," trio recordings of the Harris original "No Name Blues" and Powell’s "Dance of the Infidels," and two clever Gordon variations on the blues form, "Flick of a Trick" and "Jodi."