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|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Raphael Bryant, 24 December 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Coming from a musical family gave Bryant an advantage - his mother played piano and his sister sang in a gospel choir. He started on bass, but passed it to his older brother Tom, in order to play piano. The Bryant Brothers became the house band for Philadelphias Blue Note Club, where they played with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. It was these contacts that led to recordings in the mid-50s with Davis, Sonny Rollins and as an accompanist to Carmen McRae. He led a trio at New Yorks Village Vanguard in 1959. He formed his original trio in 1959 and was signed to Columbia Records by John Hammond. His debut album for that label was a considerable success and the same year (1960) he had a surprise hit with the infectious and memorable Little Susie, named after his daughter, and Cubano Chant and Slow Freight. The single was released as a two-part disc; part...