Ray Bryant

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": jazz jazz piano piano funk bebop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

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 Philadelphia’s 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 York’s 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...

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