Ray Brown Monty Alexander & Russell Malone [Bonus Disc] (2-CD)

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Monty Alexander & Russell Malone [Bonus Disc]
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 22, 2002
  • Label: Telarc

Tracks:

  • 1.Django
  • 2.Fly Me to the Moon
  • 3.Blues for Junior
  • 4.Honeysuckle Rose
  • 5.Compassion
  • 6.Dexter's Deck
  • 7.I Just Can't See for Looking
  • 8.One for Hamp
  • 9.Don't Go
  • 10.Look Who's Here
  • 11.You Can See

Product Description:

Full performer name: Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Russell Malone.
This album was Ray Brown's last recording before his death on July 2, 2002.
This limited edition contains a bonus disc featuring select Ray Brown performances on Telarc chosen by producer Elaine Martone.
Personnel: Ray Brown (bass); Monty Alexander (piano); Russell Malone (guitar).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on March 5-7, 2002.
Full performer name: Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Russell Malone.
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
This album was Ray Brown's last recording before his death on July 2, 2002.
Personnel: Ray Brown (bass); Monty Alexander (piano); Russell Malone (guitar).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on March 5-7, 2002.
Personnel: Russell Malone (guitar); Monty Alexander (piano).
Liner Note Author: Elaine Martone.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, Studio C, New York, NY (??/??/1997-03/07/2002); Scullers Jazz Club (??/??/1997-03/07/2002); Starbucks (??/??/1997-03/07/2002).
Editor: Thomas C. Moore .
Photographer: Jack Frisch.
It would be nice to say that Ray Brown's final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It's a very attractive album -- Brown was probably not capable of producing anything less as a leader -- but it suffers just a bit from Alexander's slightly sugary style and from the lack of a drummer. Recording without a drummer had been the latest thing in the jazz world for several years when this album was released, but it's not entirely clear what the benefit of such an arrangement was supposed to be. On this album, the swing standard "Fly Me to the Moon" and Dexter Gordon's boppish "Dexter's Dex" would have had much more oomph with a sympathetic drummer on board (though on the latter, Malone's Django Reinhardt-styled backup and Brown's inimitable freight train rhythmic drive do go some distance toward making up for that lack). And the mid-tempo numbers seem to plod just a bit as well. But as always, there's no questioning either the inventiveness of Brown's solos or the rich sumptuousness of his enormous tone. ~ Rick Anderson

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  • UPC: 089408356223
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