Tone Tantrum

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Tone Tantrum
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Studio album by Gene Harris
Released 1977
Recorded March–May, 1977
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Producer Jerry Peters
Gene Harris chronology
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Tone Tantrum
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Tone Tantrum is an album by American jazz pianist Gene Harris recorded in 1977 and released on the Blue Note label. [1]

Gene Harris American pianist

Gene Harris was an American jazz pianist known for his warm sound and blues and gospel infused style that is known as soul jazz.

Blue Note Records American record label

Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label that is owned by Universal Music Group and operated with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the blue notes of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. Although the original company did not record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.



The Allmusic review by Jason Ankeny awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Gene Harris never veered closer to mainstream jazz-funk than Tone Tantrum -- a slick, propulsive record... Still, while the sound is radio-friendly, the quality and complexity of the performances serve as a potent reminder that Tone Tantrum is first and foremost a jazz record, and a solid (if unconventional) one at that, purists be damned. [2]

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Track listing

  1. "As" (Stevie Wonder) - 7:38
  2. "If You Can't Find Love Let Love Find You" (Jerry Peters) - 6:14
  3. "A Minor" (Peters) - 7:23
  4. "Stranger in Paradise" (Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George Forrest) - 5:15
  5. "Peace of Mind" (Al McKay) - 4:33
  6. "Cristo Redentor Part 1" (Duke Pearson) - 4:55
  7. "Cristo Redentor Part 2" (Pearson) - 4:52
  • Recorded at Total Experience Studios in Los Angeles, California in March–May, 1977.


Piano musical instrument

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

Electric piano musical instrument

An electric piano is an electric musical instrument which produces sounds when a performer presses the keys of the piano-style musical keyboard. Pressing keys causes mechanical hammers to strike metal strings, metal reeds or wire tines, leading to vibrations which are converted into electrical signals by magnetic pickups, which are then connected to an instrument amplifier and loudspeaker to make a sound loud enough for the performer and audience to hear. Unlike a synthesizer, the electric piano is not an electronic instrument. Instead, it is an electro-mechanical instrument. Some early electric pianos used lengths of wire to produce the tone, like a traditional piano. Smaller electric pianos used short slivers of steel to produce the tone. The earliest electric pianos were invented in the late 1920s; the 1929 Neo-Bechstein electric grand piano was among the first. Probably the earliest stringless model was Lloyd Loar's Vivi-Tone Clavier. A few other noteworthy producers of electric pianos include Baldwin Piano and Organ Company and the Wurlitzer Company.

Synthesizer electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds

A synthesizer or synthesiser is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals that may be converted to sound. Synthesizers may imitate traditional musical instruments such as piano, flute, vocals, or natural sounds such as ocean waves; or generate novel electronic timbres. They are often played with a musical keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via USB, MIDI or CV/gate using a controller device, often a MIDI keyboard or other controller.

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  1. Blue Note Records discography, accessed January 10, 2011.
  2. 1 2 Ankeny, J. Allmusic Review, accessed January 10, 2011.