It has been said that you can get by with a little help from your friends. Now, we will all have to get by without one of our best.
Ray Brown was one of the most admired and most beloved bass men of his age. On this new compilation, some of his most talented friends pay tribute by joining the late great on a dozen of his favorite songs.
From Nancy King's whispery "But Beautiful" to Dee Dee Bridgewater's airy "More Than You Know," to Kevin Mahogany's smoothly grounded "The Party's Over," the vocal range nearly matches the range of moods Brown can evince with only four strings. Even so, Brown himself has very little opportunity to step forward and shine. The sign of a true master, perhaps, but also possibly the sin of an uninformed mixer. For though this is an album of Brown's many vocal companions (including a swinging Marlena Shaw, a simmering Etta Jones and a swallowing Diana Krall), it is, after all, his album. And while flashy solos may not have been Brown's mark, a few uninterrupted samples would have been appreciated by friends and fans alike.
Track Listing: I Thought About You; Poor Butterfly; More Than You Know; Little Boy; But Beautiful; At Long Last Love; Skylark; Cherokee; There Is No Greater Love; Imagination; Party's Over; Perfect Blues.
Personnel: Ray Brown: bass; Dee Dee Bridgewater: vocal; Antonio Hart: alto saxophone; Gregory Hutchinson: drums; Etta Jones: vocal; Geoff Keezer: piano; Nancy King: vocal; Diana Krall: vocal; Kevin Mahogany: vocal; Russell Malone: guitar; Ralph Moore: tenor saxophone; Marlena Shaw: vocal.
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.