Ray Brown: The Concord Jazz Heritage Series, Ray Brown
The compilation consists mostly of live session dates that include music everyone enjoys, from the blue-collar hard-working lament of "The Real Blues" to the Duke Ellington standards and the Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, and Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke conversations. Ray Brown expresses with chorded accompaniment, slap-bass punctuation, lyrical phrases and expressive solo journeys. His melodic ballad delivery of "A Time for Love" carries the same sensitivity as an expressive vocal performance. Brown’s arrangement for Billy Strayhorn’s "Take the ‘A’ Train" turns out nice and slow with Harris’s penchant for octave doubling showing itself prominently. Brown strolls through the standard confidently and infuses a relaxed ambience. "Sweets" Edison, so-named by Lester Young because of his sweet tone, teams up with Plas Johnson on "After You’ve Gone" to trade ideas in conversation and to express their combined thoughts. Highly Recommended.
Track Listing: Days of Wine and Roses; The Flintstones Theme; The Real Blues; Gumbo Hump; After You
Personnel: Ray Brown- bass; Herb Ellis, John Collins- guitar; Harry "Sweets" Edison- trumpet; Plas Johnson, Ralph Moore- tenor saxophone; Monty Alexander, Hank Jones, Gene Harris, Jimmy Rowles, George Duke- piano; Dave Grusin- keyboards; Jake Hanna, Jeff Hamilton, Gerryck King, Jimmie Smith- drums.
Record Label: Concord Music Group