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WDR Big Band and Superbass (R.Brown & J.Clayton & C.McBride) – Live Cologne 1997

Posted in Christian McBRIDE, JAZZ, John CLAYTON, Ray BROWN, WDR Big Band on December 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

WDR Big Band and Superbass (R.Brown & J.Clayton & C.McBride) – Live Cologne 1997
May 29th, 2009


One can see Ray Brown is in control of the Bassists and the entire orchestra, there will never be the same Ray Brown. Oscar Paterson once described Ray “as a demanding and talented Jazz Bassist of the 20th century who contributed to modern Jazz, and easily noticeable by swinging style.”
WDR Big Band;
Carmen Bradford- Vocal
John Marshall- Trumpet
Klaus Osterloh- Trumpet
Ludwig Nuss- Trumpet
Dave Horler- Valve Trombon
Heiner Wiberny- Alto Sax
Olivier Peters- Tenor Sax
Frank Chastenier- Piano
John Goldsby- Bass
John Riley- Drums
John CLAYTON, Ray BROWN, Christian McBRIDE- Bass
01.Easy Money 3:55
02.Blue Monk 9:06
03.Lullabye Of Birdland 6:31
04.I Love Being Here With You 4:38
05.Where Do You Start 4:51
06.Mr Paganini 4:43
07.The Bass Mentor’s Suite Part 1 1:17
08.If I Were A Bell 6:22
09.Bye Bye Blackbird 6:50
10.April In Paris 6:13
11.Mack The Knife 4:42
12.Jazz Party 4:43
13.Two For The Blues 2:58

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Hideki KON Trio with Ray BROWN – My Shining Hour 1996

Posted in Hideki KON, JAZZ, Ray BROWN on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Hideki KON Trio with Ray BROWN – My Shining Hour 1996


Never listen this trio before,but sounds great, expecially with Ray Brown.
Hideki Kon- Piano
Nobumasa Uotomi- Bass
Ray Brown- Bass (3, 6)
Toshiyuki Azuma- Drums
01. Don’t Get Around Much Any More (D. Ellington) 5:54
02. Honey (S. Simons-H. Gillespie-R. A. Shiting) 4:17
03. When I Fall in Love (A. Selden) 8:12
04. My Shining Hour (H. Arlen) 3:46
05. Teach Me Tonight (G. dePaul) 7:10
06. Over the Rainbow (H. Arlen) – I Can’t Get Started (V. Duke) 6:16
07. Better Than Me Blues (Ray Brown) 8:08
08. Sweet Georgia Brown (B. Bernie-M. Pinkard-K. Casey) 8:04
09. Gravy Waltz (Ray Brown) 5:46
10. Holly Land (C. Walton) 4:55

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Herb ELLIS, Joe PASS, Ray BROWN, Jake HANNA – Arrival 1973

Posted in Herb ELLIS, Jake HANNA, JAZZ, Joe PASS, Ray BROWN on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Herb ELLIS, Joe PASS, Ray BROWN, Jake HANNA – Arrival 1973
2003 Issue.


For lovers of guitar jazz, inspired pairings like Joe Pass and Herb Ellis make for special outings. While both players prospered in a number of settings, they brought out a new quality in each other when paired together, bumping up the energy a notch or two. Arrival is special because it reissues the duo’s first two albums with Concord: Jazz/Concord in 1973 and the live Seven, Come Eleven in 1974 (also Concord’s first two albums). The quartet is completed by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna, two fine players who keep the program bopping along. Both discs, filled with reliable standards, are excellent in different ways. Arrival kicks off with “Look for the Silver Lining,” which bounces along like the perfect daydream for nearly five minutes. The stereo separation of the two guitars sounds great on the hi-fi, and renditions of “Stuffy” and “Georgia” are fantastic. Seven, Come Eleven begins with “In a Mellow Tone” but really blasts off with the title track, a Charlie Christian/Benny Goodman tune played faster than one can imagine anyone’s fingers moving. This set, unlike Jazz/Concord, feeds from the energy of the audience. While the roots of both of these recordings date back to swing, the music never sounds like a nostalgia trip. Instead, these discs have captured Pass and Ellis in the moment, delivering crisp solos and dense accompaniment. Arrival offers two great CDs and a chance to check out, or revisit, two great guitarists.
By Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
The very first release by the Concord label (recorded at the 1973 Concord Jazz Festival) was a quartet set featuring guitarists Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna. Ellis and Pass (the latter was just beginning to be discovered) always made for a perfectly complementary team, constantly challenging each other. The boppish music (which mixes together standards with “originals” based on the blues and a standard) is quite enjoyable with the more memorable tunes including “Look for the Silver Lining,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Georgia,” “Good News Blues” and “Bad News Blues.” This was a strong start for what would become the definitive mainstream jazz label.
This is, above all, a fun album–the musicianship is superb and the group was obviously enjoying themselves during the performance, which comes across clearly in the recording. All the songs are exceptional, but to me the standout is “Concord Blues”–it absolutely flies, both with the chugging rhythm section and the guitar interplay. The Pass solo (the second of the two) starts off softly and then builds to the point that all someone on the recording can do is whistle (whew!) with the perfection of it.
Herb Ellis- Guitar
Joe Pass- Guitar
Ray Brown- Bass
Jake Hanna- Drums
Arrival: Jazz/Concord/Seven, Come Eleven CD 1:
01. Look for the Silver Lining 4:47
02. Shadow of Your Smile 2:30
03. Good News Blues 3:22
04. Honeysuckle Rose 3:07
05. Happiness Is the Concord Jazz Festival 3:54
06. Stuffy 5:07
07. Georgia on My Mind 5:24
08. Love for Sale 3:48
09. Bad News Blues 5:17

Arrival: Jazz/Concord/Seven, Come Eleven  CD 2:
01. In a Mellow Tone 7:32
02. Seven Come Eleven 5:09
03. Prelude to a Kiss 5:34
04. Perdido 4:51
05. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) 5:12
06. Easy Living 4:32
07. Concord Blues 8:49

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Ray BROWN Trio – Live At Scullers 1997

Posted in JAZZ, Ray BROWN on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Ray BROWN Trio – Live At Scullers 1997


The piano trio is the most durable assembly in Jazz music. Durable in such a way that it almost always delivers high functioning music that is immediately accessible and enjoyable. Durable also in popularity. There have been many notable piano trios, all generally having one member as an anchor — Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Bobbie Timmons, Elmo Hope, Horace Silver, Gene Harris, Monty Alexander, Tommy Flanagan,
and the list goes on of notable piano trio cornerstones.
Certainly one of the greatest trio cornerstones is Ray Brown. He has been “Mr. Rhythm Section” since the early 40s with Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band, through prominent associations with Ella Fitzgerald (as one-time husband and bass player), Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, right through to his most recent trios with Benny Green on Telarc.
It is here where we find Mr. Brown on his seventh Telarc Jazz release.
Ray Brown has had seven releases with Telarc since 1993 (and many more on Concord Jazz and other labels in previous years). Strictly speaking, these Telarc releases are not all “Trio” recordings. Some of My Best Friends are the Piano Players, Some of My Best Friends are the Sax Players, and Super Bass are all concept albums using Brown’s standard trio as rhythm section and Seven Steps to Heaven adds a guitar to the trio mix. But make no mistake: Ray Brown drives all these musical buses, and his atomic sense of time is the thread that binds all of his recordings together.
The one thing that all of Brown’s Telarc recordings have in common is Benny Green. A committed hard bopper and Oscar Peterson disciple, Green provides a perfect foil to Brown during this phase of Brown’s career. The Drumming duties on these albums have been divided between Lewis Nash, Jeff Hamilton, and Gregory Hutchinson,
who appears on the current recording.
Brown performs a mainstream repertoire, often playing pieces associated with other jazz performers. Miles Davis is one of the artists best represented in Brown’s book. On Live at Scullers, Brown plays three songs long associated with Davis’ 1950s quintet and sextet: a very cool “Freddie Freeloader,” a ballad-paced “But Not for Me,” and a straight-ahead “Bye, Bye Blackbird.” These songs plus a wild and quirky “Whirlybird” make up the core of this disc. “Freddie Freeloader” has an extended introduction of Benny Green block chords and a brief Ray Brown obligatto before that Jimmy Cobb drumming from Kind of Blue emerges, perfectly executed by Hutchinson.
It is a lively performance with Brown walking all the way through.
“But Not for Me” emerges as a surprise, slowly paced and thoughtful; quite a departure from the Miles performances (and Ahmad Jamal’s, for that matter). It has an almost slow stride piano introduction. Played very much at a ballad pace, it really defies genre categorization: Benny’s solo opens with an almost Gene Harris church-y quality and continues for the remainder of the piece, not really getting funky, but really adopting a hard hard-bop edge before returning to the languid pace of the introduction. Brown remains steadfast in his pacing of the piece,
sounding very much like himself with a dash of Milt Hinton.
“Bye, Bye Blackbird” is another story. It is played pretty straight to the way one would have been used to hearing it from Miles. Brown has the introduction here. He has not lost his touch at all. Hutchinson brushes on this one, his high-hat pacing the song.
Neil Hefty’s “Whirlybird” is a cornucopia of tempi, starting off pretty straight (one half expects the Atomic Mr. Basie’s horns to roar in) before things start going wonderfully haywire. Green’s block chords make this song sound less orchestral and more basic. After the straight introduction, the band goes into a triple or quadruple time survey of the chord progression with Green 16th, 32nd, and 64th notes. It is a fun romp.
This is a solid and well performed trio session. Ray Brown is one of the few remaining performers who were present during the gestation, birth, and life of be-bop. His sensibilities lie there. What Richard Cook and Brian Morton in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP, and Cassette said of Gene Harris could just as easily been applied to Ray Brown: “[He] is always going to end up making the same record, but so far it still sounds pretty good.” Amen, that we will always have such musicians.
By C. Michael Bailey.
Ray Brown- Bass
Benny Green- Piano
Gregory Hutchinson- Drums
01. Freddie Freeloader   7.05
02. En Estate   7.28
03. You’re My Everything   4.28
04. But Not For Me   9.41
05. Bye, Bye Blackbird   10.35
06. If You Only Knew   13.20
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