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Ray Draper: The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane

Read "The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane" reviewed by Douglas Payne

What makes this fairly typical bop outing unique is that the leader plays tuba. Ray Draper (1940-82) was only 17 when he recorded this quintet date in 1957, his third of three for Prestige, and, as much as possible, he makes the clunky instrument swing. As Ira Gitler's interesting notes point out, the tuba was a ...


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