114

Ray Bryant: Alone At Montreux

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
A little more than a year ago, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won Academy Awards for their roles in the film As Good As It Gets. In one memorable scene, Nicholson turns to the male costar, an artist, and remarks, "If that did it for me I’d be the luckiest guy in the world" (or words to that effect). Ray Bryant’s "After Hours" and "Slow Freight" do that for me. Deep rumbling bass notes, a full orchestral sound with gospel and blues sensibilities, melodies that at once sound like old friends, and syncopated left-hand figures to keep you on the edge of your seat; this is what Bryant serves up when he sits down at the piano.

Recorded in 1972, live at the Montreux Jazz Festival before a large and appreciative audience, Alone At Montreux was out-of-print and not available on compact disc. The album includes Bryant’s voice, as he announces the selections. Athttp://www.murraystreet.com/bryant2.htm is a 1997 transcript from Jazz At Lincoln Center with host Ed Bradley. Pianist Tommy Flanagan and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison" were Bradley’s guests that night as the show offered a close-up look at pianist Ray Bryant and his career.

From Bryant’s hits "Little Susie" and "Cubano Chant" to traditional items like "Greensleeves" and "Gotta Travel On," the album features solo piano that is at once soulful, pleasant, and elaborate. Several definitive blues numbers anchor the session, while a blazing fast "Liebestraum Boogie" serves as the final encore. Bryant’s magnetic solo piano performance draws you in and keeps you there, awash in an intangible thread that pervades his music and lets you feel as you listen.

Track Listing: Gotta Travel On; Blues #3/Willow Weep For Me; Cubano Chant; Rockin

Personnel: Ray Bryant- piano.

Title: Alone At Montreux | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: 32 Records

About Ray Bryant
Articles | Calendar | Discography | Photos | More...

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related

Read Hiding Out
Hiding Out
By Jack Bowers
Read Irrationalities
Irrationalities
By Mark Corroto
Read Cobb's Pocket
Cobb's Pocket
By Nicholas F. Mondello
Read Cobb's Pocket
Cobb's Pocket
By Dan Bilawsky
Read Blues For Charlie
Blues For Charlie
By Jim Worsley
Read Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect
By Ian Patterson
Read Geschmacksarbeit
Geschmacksarbeit
By John Eyles