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Elegant Soul

Elegant Soul is an album by jazz group The Three Sounds featuring performances with an orchestra arranged by Monk Higgins recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Elegant Soul was -- and could be -- dismissed with a casual listen as lightweight pop with a compelling rhythmic sense, but that would be selling it way short. This album warrants close listening to discern all that's happening in its production and arrangements. Whether it's on the dancefloor, for sampling, for feel-good or deep listening, or for finger-popping, it satisfies on all levels". "Elegant Soul" - 3:15 "Do It Right Now" - 6:20 "Sittin' Duck" - 9:18 " Harper Valley P. T. A." - 2:48 "Sugar Hill" - 2:48 "African Sweets" - 4:30 "Black Gold" - 3:29 "Book of Slim" - 3:26 "Walls of Respect" - 3:13Recorded at RPM Studios, Los Angeles, California on September 19 and September 20, 1968 Gene Harris - piano, organ Andrew Simpkins - bass Carl Burnett, Paul Humphrey - drums Monk Higgins - arranger, conductor Jim Horn - flute Bob Jung - reeds Dave Burk, Jesse Erlich, Henry Felber, Ron Fulsom, Louis Kievman, William Kurash, Leonard Malarsky, Ralph Schaeffer, Albert Steinberg, Tibor Zelig - violin Phil Goldberg, Leonard Selic - viola Jerry Kessler - cello Alan Estes - vibes Al Vescovo - guitar Dee Ervin, Miles Grayson - percussion

Harry Giddings Jr.

Harry Giddings Jr. was a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame owner and trainer of thoroughbred racehorses. He was born in Trafalgar Township in Halton County, Ontario now at the outskirts of the town of Oakville. Raised on a horse breeding farm, he learned about training Thoroughbreds from childhood and by 1907 was successful enough to have one of his horses compete in the Queen's Plate, Canada's most prestigious horse race first run in 1860. Between 1911 and 1942, Harry Giddings would win a record eight editions of the Queen's Plate. Sixty-six years in 2008 Roger Attfield tied the record. In addition to his Queen's Plates, Giddings Jr. won ten of the two other Canadian Classic Races which today constitute the Canadian Triple Crown series. Harry Giddings Jr. maintained a stud farm near Oakville, owned four of his eight Queen's Plate winners. He trained horses for other owners and was active in the business until his death in 1949