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When Ray Bryant rose to national prominence in the 1950s, he was noted for his ability to meet the sophisticated harmonic demands of modern jazz while retaining the muscle and swing of old forms and the spirit of the gospel music that surrounded him when he was a child. Any performance by Bryant is steeped in the blues, even when he's not playing a blues. Born in Philadelphia, Bryant (whose older brother Tommy was a bassist) gained experience playing early rhythm ’n’ blues and swing with guitarist Tiny Grimes in the late 1940s. As the house pianist at Philadelphia’s Blue Note, he had opportunities to play with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Miles Davis

News: Recording

Backgrounder: Ray Bryant - Alone With the Blues

Backgrounder: Ray Bryant - Alone With the Blues

Recorded in December 1958, Alone With the Blues was Ray Bryant's first solo piano album. Growing up, Bryant was deeply influenced by the church, and gospel always played a big part in his approach to jazz. His mother was an ordained minister in Philadelphia and made sure Bryant was with her in the pews. He began ...

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Article: Interview

A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn

Read "A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2001. Ah, the classics. In every art form painting, literature, architecture, dance, music there are works which possess timeless beauty, works with themes that resonate emotionally across decades, through centuries, and are masterfully presented. Joel Dorn's name is indelibly written in ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Joel Dorn's Nine Lives: Label M and Live at the Left Bank

Read "Joel Dorn's Nine Lives: Label M and Live at the Left Bank" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


This article was first published at All About Jazz on March 6, 2001. It wasn't but a few years ago that veteran record producer Joel Dorn and a business partner founded 32 Records, a label devoted to re-releasing the old Muse and Landmark catalogs and releasing previously unheard live recordings by major jazz artists. ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn

Read "Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in 1997. The Song Remains The Same If you're a serious jazz fan, even if you're any kind of jazz fan at all, there's an excellent chance that in your collection you've got at least one piece of music that was produced by Joel Dorn. ...

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Article: Album Review

Ray Gallon: Grand Company

Read "Grand Company" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Ray Gallon is a pianist with a rich and complex musical vocabulary. In the company of bassist Ron Carter and percussionist Lewis Nash, he has recorded an album that is filled with technical proficiency and emotional depth as well as a unique artistic voice. Adding to the enjoyment is the sophistication of the recording, which was ...

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Article: Live Review

Gerald Clayton at Trinity University

Read "Gerald Clayton at Trinity University" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Gerald Clayton Trinity University / Ruth Taylor Hall San Antonio, TX November 7, 2023 Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Hall, with its intimate seating and warm wood-paneled acoustics, is a welcoming spot for a solo piano concert. Addressing the audience as he entered the stage, Gerald Clayton remarked on the geniality of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kirk Works, Gospel Roots, New Releases

Read "Kirk Works, Gospel Roots, New Releases" reviewed by David Brown


For this week's show, a set of works featuring Rahsaan Roland Kirk, gospel inspired tracks from James Brandon Lewis and Ray Bryant, solo piano from Mal Waldron and Matthew Shipp, and new releases from Eri Yamamoto (pictured), Anna Webber, Hiromi and more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II

Read "An American in France: A Travelogue, Part II" reviewed by David Brown


For this week's show, we again visit Europe with a variety of American artists performing and recording in France, living in France and collaborating with French artists. We'll also check out a few recent French Jazz releases all along the way. Etes-vous prêt?PlaylistThelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:50 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Summer night of Soul Jazz, Hard Bop and Funk

Read "A Summer night of Soul Jazz, Hard Bop and Funk" reviewed by David Brown


It's hot. Its summer. Let's ease into the night with some hard bop & soul jazz from the classic era--Lee Morgan, Ray Bryant, Bunky Green, Leo Wright and the Freedom Sounds. We'll then electrify the sounds as we move into the '70s with Eddie Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, Sun Ra and Parliament. Eventually we'll end up in ...


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