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Tim Ray

Perhaps best known as Tony Bennett’s current pianist and musical director, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 100 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Terri Lyne Carrington, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid; and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra

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2 Cents

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tailwind; 2 Cents; Algo Bueno; Rat-Race; Miles Rumba; Critical Mass; Boperation; Una Para Ti; Passage.

Album

Excursions and Adventures

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nothing From Nothing; Maria; Gone, Not Forgotten; Paint It Black; Trinkle Tinkle; Unconditional Love; Messiaen's Gumbo; Yours Is My Heart Alone; Samsara; Yo 11; Paint It Black.

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Douglas Olsen: 2 Cents

Read "2 Cents" reviewed by Jack Bowers


What seems at first blush to be a nonet on this splendid new album is actually trumpeter Douglas Olsen's core quartet, amplified on various selections by talented guests who raise the number anywhere from a quintet to an octet. Even though Olsen has been a super-busy free-lancer on the New England jazz scene for more than ...

Article: Radio

Oscar Peterson & Charlie Parker

Read "Oscar Peterson & Charlie Parker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


During this time of COVID-19 and live jazz being silenced, Neon Jazz brings you a new episode honoring the best in today's jazz world. We also honor the legacy of the late Manu Dibango.Playlist Tim Ray “Paint if Black" Excursions and Adventures (Whaling City Sound) 00:00 Host talks 4:34 Oscar Peterson “Just a Sittin' ...

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Tim Ray: Excursions and Adventures

Read "Excursions and Adventures" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


Although hidden away in classrooms at the Berklee School of Music or as the accompanying pianist with vocalist Tony Bennett, Tim Ray is a pianist of the highest order and this album offers all the evidence needed to prove the case. Ray's supporting cast are two exceptionally subtle and responsive players—John Patitucci, who is ...

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Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If somehow you haven't yet heard saxophonist Greg Abate (pronounced Uh-BAH-tay), now in his seventh decade and as sharp and eloquent an orator as ever, it is high time you did. The Rhode Island native is an earnest post-bopper from the Phil Woods / Bud Shank school of straight-on swinging, and Gratitude, Abate's fourth album with ...

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Christine Fawson: Sings Jazz

Read "Sings Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Christine Fawson: a singer who plays trumpet or a trumpeter who sings? Flip a coin. Fawson carries out both assignments to good effect on her new CD but, considering its title, Sings Jazz, she seems to bend toward to former. Whatever the case, this much can be affirmed: Fawson is a performer who must be seen ...

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Miles Donahue: The Bug

Read "The Bug" reviewed by Jack Bowers


People who have an aversion to bugs (do you know any?) may hesitate to purchase (or even review) an album whose title epitomizes the very thing they abhor. But even though multi-instrumentalist Miles Donahue's new album does nod to that often-despised creature and even includes a song by that name, there is more to it than ...

Article: Album Review

Tim Ray Trio: Windows

Read "Windows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il pianista Tim Ray è noto soprattutto per le collaborazioni con protagonisti della musica pop (Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt) piuttosto che con jazzmen (Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash) o con organici classici come la Boston Classical Orchestra. Professore associato al Berklee College of Music ...


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