It Just Got to Be

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It Just Got to Be
It Just Got to Be.jpg
Studio album by The Three Sounds
Released June 1963[1]
Recorded December 13-14, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:27 original LP
47:28 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84120
Producer Alfred Lion
The Three Sounds chronology
Here We Come
It Just Got to Be
Blue Hour

It Just Got to Be is an album by the jazz group The Three Sounds with performances recorded in 1960. It was released on the Blue Note label in 1963.[2] It was reissued on CD only in Japan, with two bonus tracks.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 3 stars stating, "The performances throughout the record are predictably swinging and enjoyable, even if they find the trio taking no stylistic chances. That lack of adventure doesn't matter, though — the Three Sounds excel at making unpretentious, unabashedly enjoyable mainstream jazz, and there's something endearing about their ability to produce a body of work of consistently high quality".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gene Harris except as indicated
  1. "One for Renee" - 3:04
  2. "Stella by Starlight" (Washington, Young) - 5:32
  3. "It Just Got to Be" - 5:15
  4. "If I Were a Bell" (Loesser) - 5:36
  5. "Blue 'n' Boogie" (Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) - 5:20
  6. "The Nearness of You" (Carmichael, Washington) - 5:49
  7. "Real Gene" - 3:35
  8. "South of the Border" (Kennedy, Carr) - 4:16

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Girl Next Door" - 4:35
  2. "This Is the Way 'Tis" - 4:26

Recorded on December 13 (3-4, 8) and December 14 (1-2, 5-7), 1960.



  1. ^ Billboard June 22, 1963
  2. ^ Blue Note discography accessed October 11, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed October 11, 2010