Solo performer: Ray Bryant (piano).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on December 19, 1958. Originally released on New Jazz (8213). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Ray Bryant (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (12/19/1958); Nj (12/19/1958).
Photographer: Esmond Edwards.
Ray Bryant's first solo piano album is rightfully considered a classic. Bryant, at the time thought of as a young modern traditionalist, has always felt perfectly at home playing the blues. He performs five original and diverse blues on this set along with "Lover Man" and "Rockin' Chair," showing that he really never needed a bassist or a drummer to sound like a complete band. This Prestige album was reissued in the Original Jazz Classics but thus far only as an LP; highly recommended in any case. ~ Scott Yanow