Ray Brown: Walk On (2003)
The final trio date contains several new Brown originals, including the three-part Ray Brown Suite, plus a revamped "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Stella by Starlight." Brown and his pianists have always tended to favor the older and most established songs. This disc is no exception, opening the "America the Beautiful" taking a nod toward Gene Harris with "You are My Sunshine" and the aforementioned "Honeysuckle Rose." This is very much Brown’s recording. He solos widely and impeccably. Keezer plays with the dedication one would expect, and Riggins keeps time with the best.
The second disc features Brown with Benny Green, Monty Alexander, and the Superbass group of Christian McBride and John Clayton. There is not a wasted cut here, particularly among the Superbass selections. The duet "In A Mellotone" with Christian McBride presents no difficulty identifying the bassists, both of whom solo and support in a very outer space manner. Ray Brown could walk like no one else. "F.S.R." features some of the best Benny Green piano playing ever, while Monty Alexander’s "Woogie Boogie" doesn't desitate to boogie woogie. The second disc is closed with the Superbass group again, playing "Down By the Riverside" where Brown ends the convocation with a hearty "Amen."
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Track Listing: Disc 1: America The Beautiful; Sunday; Stella By Starlight; Lined With A Groove; Honeysuckle Rose; Fried Pies; You Are My Sunshine; That
Personnel: Disc 1: Ray Brown
Record Label: Telarc Records