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Ray Bryant: Somewhere In France

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Recorded in 1993 before a live audience somewhere in France, this session was sitting around in Ray Bryant's home on a cassette tape that the sound man had handed him after the performance. The artist hadn't had time to listen to it; he hadn't even realized he was being recorded until the performance was over.

The session turns out to be a significant milestone that documents this unique pianist. As a solo piano performance, the music is unobstructed. The sound ...

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Ray Bryant: North of the Border

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New Jazz Chamber Music from None Other than Ray Bryant.

A new myth is carefully woven in the fabric of producer Joel Dorn's career. This one involves a trash sack of cassette tapes collected by pianist Ray Bryant's sound engineer of live Bryant performances over the past number of years. Out of this entire trash sack, Dorn found about 50 performances that Bryant liked. Dorn further narrowed this down to about ten performances for release. The first of these was ...

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Ray Bryant: North Of The Border

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If only the rest of us could find overlooked valuables tucked away in closets and cabinets as efficiently and nonchalantly as can Ray Bryant. But then, the rest of us don't have Ray Bryant's talent, his worldwide performing schedule or his modesty. Such quiet modesty led Bryant to tuck away the performance tapes that recording engineers have given him over the years until a less-modest Joel Dorn discovered the cache. Since that discovery, a rediscovery of Ray Bryant's prolific career ...

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Ray Bryant, Hank Crawford, Heavy Flute: Three By Label M

Read "Three By Label M" reviewed by Douglas Payne

I have a belief that all writing must avoid the nominative singular pronoun, “I.” This is particularly necessary in reviews or interviews. What is any reader to think of an article allegedly about something or someone else when it’s littered with references to “I,” “me” and “my”? Who cares? A good writer will reveal personal knowledge or discourse in writing that easily avoids such personal interjections.Well, since I’ve now contradicted my own theory, I’ll blame producer ...

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Ray Bryant: Somewhere In France

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Now that the newest label in the jazz recording industry, Label M, is gaining momentum in the volume and frequency of its releases, producer Joel Dorn goes back to one of his earlier successes. That earlier classic album is Ray Bryant's Alone At Montreaux.Once again, Dorn is releasing one of Bryant's live recordings somewhere in Europe. This time, the country happens to be France, and the discovery of the live tape amounts to one of the year's top ...

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Ray Bryant (32 Jazz (32128): Ray Bryant: Alone at Montreux

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Ray Bryant’s Piano. Alone At Montreux is the result of 32 Jazz’s Joel Dorn’s tenure at Atlantic records. Through a collaboration with the Atlantic/Rhino re-release project, music that would otherwise go unreleased, will now see the light of ear. There is little live solo Bryant available, making this offering that much more valuable.

The Blues...as Usual. Ray Bryant is a blues player, par excellence. He is equaled only by Gene Harris and Junior Mance. The blues infuses all that Bryant ...

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Ray Bryant: Alone At Montreux

Read "Alone At Montreux" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...

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The Ray Bryant Trio: The Ray Bryant Trio: Ray's Tribute to His Piano Friends

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Though I have several recordings on which Ray Bryant appears, I had been unaware of who he is and where he fits in the musical scheme of things. Recently, while listening to several demo CDs, I came across his newest recording, The Ray Bryant Trio: Ray?s Tribute to his Piano Friends, and fell in love with it. This is a recording that is not unlike Oscar Peterson?s A Tribute to My Friends (Pablo PACD-2310-902-2, 1987) except that Bryant?s tribute is ...

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Ray Bryant Trio: Potpourri

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Although more complex than Gene Harris but not as cerebral as Herbie Nichols or Bud Powell, Ray Bryant is a pianist who likes his hard bop bluesy, funky and full of soul. Bryant was very hard at work in 1980, when he united with drummer Mickey Roker (a fellow Philadelphian) and bassist Jimmy Rowser for the excellent trio date Potpourri. The title is appropriate, for Bryant brings his warmth to everything from Miles Davis' “Milestones" (the modal tune, not the ...