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Ray Brown Trio

The huge and comfortable sound of Ray Brown's bass was a welcome feature on bop-oriented sessions for over a half-century. He played locally in his native Pittsburgh in his early days.

Arriving in New York in 1945, on his first day in town Brown met and played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band; "One Bass Hit" and "Two Bass Hit" were early features, and he can be seen with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1947 film Jiving in Bebop. Although not a soloist on the level of an Oscar Pettiford, Brown's quick reflexes and ability to accompany soloists in a swinging fashion put him near the top of his field. After playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic, he married Ella Fitzgerald (their marriage only lasted during 1948-1952), and for a time led his own trio to back the singer. Brown recorded with an early version of the Modern Jazz Quartet (under Milt Jackson's leadership), and then became a permanent member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1951-1966).

With Peterson, the bassist traveled the world, guested with other top jazz artists, was featured on JATP tours, became famous, and recorded constantly. He began playing cello in the late '50s, and used it on a few of his own dates. After leaving Peterson, Brown settled in Los Angeles, worked in the studios, continued recording jazz, and worked as a manager of several artists (including the Modern Jazz Quartet and Quincy Jones). He played with the L.A. Four starting in 1974, did a great deal to revive the careers of Ernestine Anderson and Gene Harris, and recorded extensively for Pablo and Concord. The Ray Brown Trio featured pianists Gene Harris, Benny Green, and Geoff Keezer, along with drummers Jeff Hamilton and Greg Hutchison, and recorded for Concord and Telarc. He continued touring up until his death, dying in his sleep while napping before a show in Indianapolis on July 2, 2002. His last batch of sessions, working as a trio with pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Russell Malone, were released that fall. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Joy!
ludwig59
He buoyed Oscar and together with Ed Thigpen - there are none greater - to swing at virtually any type of tempo and style is nothing short of a miracle
Musicianship par excellence!
tvigil1022
And he was a key player on he Merv Griffin show in the 70's.
No question, RB is King. But, MERCY....!!! The piano here is not OP! MISTER GENE HARRIS is the CAPTAIN driving this boat! Hurt me, Gene!
No question, lots of new bass gods have come along in past few years but RB is still KING !
This man is like the God of Bass...long may he reign. If you don' know, you'd better ask somebody...H A V E MERCY RAY...HAVE MERCY!!
Cry. Me. A. River
by. Ray. Brown. Trio
on. Solar. Energy
Ahmad Jamal may have recorded the definitive That's All at the Spotlight, Washington, D.C., back in '58.
I am sorry for the following:
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
gmosko9
Mr. Brown does all of the things that make listening to his music wonderful. He knows when to NOT to hit the root, even his circles of fifths (on the turnarounds) stray from the usual. Adding grace notes (bucket of beans) keeps the line interesting. I don't know what there is he can't do. What a maestro of the instrument.
Sounds of Gene Harris came though instantly. Love the soul ... the fineness ... the soft toying around with butterfly wings of grace ... all captured in the vibratory nature of life in sound!
So is it -II guess it is- Gene Harris' sweet & masterful piano on Cry Me A River? (wonderful arrangement) Whomever but I suspect him--it is in any case Simply Superb!
Amen!!!!
rosannehb
Ray was my late husband's bass playing idol, They met in 1998 at a golf tournament. My husband played much like Ray, His name was Stan Cuddles Johnson. Also passed away in 1999.
At their peak, no real jazz trio swung more than The Oscar Peterson Trio, with OP, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. Period. Stop !
Had the v.g.pleasure of catching him in a live jam session one night in the Village N.Y.--or was it on 53rd ? wherever it was -it was phenom! Unforgettabl e ! -& indeed Oscar Pettiford was up there with him!
Simply the greatest swinging bass-player of the peak modern jazz era-
Tbe female voice has so much to say and i long to listen
I was somewhst intrigued about his influence and relationship with MJQ and Milt Jackson, and totally ignorant of the fact that he and Ella Fitzgerald were so close !
He played with the great ones!
Ray Brown was the epitomy of swinging bass.when I started studying upright bass, he was my main influence for the style, sound, and swing I wanted to have. Had the great honor of hearing, meeting, taking photos and getting his autograph on one his Triple Treat albums. Rest in peace Ray!
People keep asking Pandora to list the sidemen-- Why don't these people realize that all they need to do is open a new browser window, type in the name of the CD and they can find all the personnel? It's amazing to me: The Web puts the world at your fingertips, and people still want to be spoon-fed information!
Oh yeah in a groove here.
Awesome music
joel04461
pno on this one Cry Me.. gotta be Gene H
man! this guy is good!
alewismill
Ray Brown selections and a smooth brandy - perfection!
armen.boyaji a n
Ray Brown is a bassist's bassst. Always swingin, and right on the chord change. No wonder amazing pianists like Oscar, Benny Green and Gene Hiarris loved playing with him!
violga
Please list the sidemen. If it sounds great, I want to know who is playing
Ray Brown's rendition of Take the A Train has to be my favorite after the Duke's. So smooth, seamless, soulful, sensual, savvy, sassy sound. Wow! It touches me so deeply.
stunichols
I was in the Navy in the late 40's and 50's and our ship at one time was
in San Francisco. I stopped into a bar/lounge that had a cover of $8.00
The Oscar Peterson Trio was there with Ray on Bass, and at intermission ,
the next group that came on the revolving stage was the Nat King Cole
Trio. $8.00 cover and I believe my beers were $2.50.
What great and glorious memories.

Stu Nichols
Colorado
harrietsan
just makes me feel good!
davidtrent0
Walk that dog
I saw and met Ray Brown in the 50' when he appeared The Kurhaus in Scheveningen , H o l l a n d , w h e n he was part of the Jazz at the Philharmonic with Ella Fitzgerald, Herb Ellis and other greats over a period of 3 years after the first time, unforgettabl e and greatness and talent personified, Rudie Vandermeyde
Now that's smooth yet hard hitting jazz all at the sam time!
charles_r_ha r r i s
Q: What are the four most used words on a jazz radio station?

A: Ray Brown on bass.
wow!!!!!!!!! !
I met John Clayton at the Newport, Oregon Jazz Festival. John has Ray Brown's bass. John's style is a little different than Rays' but for all of us Ray Brown fans, please know that his bass is in very good hands.
Heard him in San Fransisco and have always loved his music.
baltschul5
why do you not list the sidemen. It would be great if you did
dancy4art
In my humble opinion< Ray Brown is the Greatest Bass Player/Teach e r that ever lived. I met Mr. Brown in 1998 in Seattle, WA. He was playing at DiMitiros jazz alley< and during a break, he was sitting at the bar having a soda water. We spoke at length about Bass Playing and was very inspiring to listen to. 10 yrs. earlier at the Port Townsend Jazz festival,he performed with his then trio with Gene Harris,on piano, and jeff Hamilton, on drums. that was a great experience that I will never forget
Re: Ray Brown's Trio: Who's the piano player
home595
I enjoyed him as a kid watching him on the Merv Griffin Show
I was fortunate to see and hear him playing with Dave Brubeck. Unforgettabl e .
Ray Brown defined the acoustic bass as we have known it in modern times. The best musicians in the business were always attracted by him. A supreme master of the bass and a charming entertainer.
Great piano, great bass, amazing brushes...of t e n imitated...n e v e r duplicated.
Hot!
One of the best all time. rrbrab
Would like to dedicate The Roy Brown Trio's cut,"I Thought About You",in memory of my mama Eunice Miller Wooden who went home to be with the LORD 29APR09...mi s s ya ma...MUCH LOVE n NEVER 4gotn...
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