One of the top male jazz singers to emerge in the 1990s, Allan Harris sometimes sounds a bit like Nat King Cole but also puts his own personality into his spirited rendition of standards. He first recorded for his own Love Productions label and went on to record two sets for Mons: It's a Wonderful World (a sextet date with Benny Green, Mark Whitfield, and Claudio Roditi) and an ambitious effort on which he is backed by Germany's 54-piece Metropole Orchestra. In 2001, Harris paid tribute to longtime Duke Ellington scribe Billy Stayhorn with Love Came: The Songs of Strayhorn. He then moved away from jazz standards with 2006's Cry That River, a concept album about African-American cowboys. Harris was quite active in 2010 releasing three albums including Nat King Cole: Long Live the King, Dedicated To You: Nat King Cole Christmas and his companion piece to Cry That River, Cry of The Thunderbird. In 2011, Harris released the R&B infused Open Up Your Mind. ~ Scott YanowPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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