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Ray Brown’s Great Big Band: Kayak

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Not to be confused with the late, legendary bassist of the same name, San Francisco-based bandleader/arranger Ray Brown, an ex-trumpeter with the Stan Kenton and Full Faith and Credit big bands, drives his own nineteen-piece ensemble populated by the Bay Area's A-list musicians. Brown, whose percussionist father pioneered jazz education in the public schools of Long Beach, New York over seven decades ago, steadfastly maintains the legacy of the recently-deceased Canadian composer/arranger Rob McConnell in his deft yet swinging charts of Great American Songbook and contemporary jazz standards. Cole Porter's “So In Love" (including an interpolation of ...

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Ray Brown Jr.: Friends and Family

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A solid pedigree does not necessarily guarantee talent, but in the case of Ray Brown Jr. it clearly has, which makes Friends and Family even more disappointing. Brown has an evocative baritone and an impeccable mastery over the art of singing that rivals the best classically trained opera performers. His delivery on this record, however, is monotonous and varies little from song to song. The presence of different guest artists is the only differentiator among the tracks. The material is lightweight, consisting mainly of old pop standards and some easy listening jazzy numbers with an occasional jazz ...

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The Very Tall Band: Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson: What's Up

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What's Up is the addendum to Telarc's 1999 release of Live at the Blue Note, cataloging a holiday performance of elder statesmen pianist Oscar Peterson, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and bassist Ray Brown with the support of relative youngster drummer Karriem Riggins. Recorded on Thanksgiving weekend, 1998 at New York City's Blue Note Club, these performances are fortuitous as the three principles have performed together from time to time for the past five decades, building impressive discographies together and separately. Additionally, as these performances were recorded, the sun was setting on the trio, two of whom have since passed away (Milt ...

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Ray Brown: The Final Concerts & The Three

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Oscar Peterson/Ray Brown/Ed Thigpen The Final Concerts Limelight/Moon-Gambit 2006 Joe Sample/Ray Brown/Shelly Manne The Three East Wind-Test Of Time 2006

To even merely mention all of Ray Brown's accomplishments in the music world would take several pages. It would have to begin with him being influenced by Duke Ellington's amazing bassist Jimmy Blanton, through the bebop years, all the groups he led and coled on the West Coast to his work ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Milt Jackson & Ray Brown '77

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Milt Jackson and Ray Brown Milt Jackson & Ray Brown '77 Eagle Vision 2004

The combination of Norman Granz and the Montreux Jazz Festival was a strong one. The music that Granz presented at the festival had some top notch performers. Several of the concerts are now available as part of the Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux series on DVD. There are several releases, among them performances by Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Ray Bryant and Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. All have been restored and remastered.

Milt Jackson and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ray Brown: Walk On

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Ray Brown (1926-2002) played the bass the same way he lived: with style, a peerless vivacity and a boundless generosity of spirit. Unlike most bass players, when Brown was at the helm the listener always had the sense of his being a true leader, not merely a timekeeper and occasional soloist. The final testament to his brilliance is Walk On , a two-disc set featuring his last studio recordings, with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and drummer Karriem Riggins and previously unreleased live recordings. Brown's arrangement of “America the Beautiful" leads off the first disc, beginning with a somber plucked ...

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Ray Brown: The Telarc Years

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Born October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, preeminent jazz bassist Ray Brown passed away on July 2, 2002. His career as one of jazz’s foremost players spanned 58 years and has left a recording legacy of literally thousands of albums. His career began early, as a bebopper with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and continued from that auspicious start at an always remarkable level of excellence. As a member of the famed Oscar Peterson Trio, Brown toured tirelessly for over 15 years. A seemingly endless innovator and unsurpassable improviser, Brown’s contributions to the development of the bass from a predominantly ...



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