Ray Brown Trio: Ray Brown (bass); Benny Green (piano); Gregory Hutchinson (drums).
Recorded live at Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts on October 17 & 18, 1996. Includes liner notes by Donald Elfman.
Personnel: Benny Green (piano); Gregory Hutchinson (drums).
Recording information: Sculler Jazz Club, Boston, MA (1996).
Photographer: Jacques Lowe.
Staying young by working with the young, Ray Brown and cohorts Benny Green (piano) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) laid down a set of jazz and pop standards at a club in a Boston Double Tree Hotel. Though Brown is the leader and anchor of the date, quite obviously the pianist is going to dominate the act -- and Green definitely puts on a show, wiping everyone out with the pyrotechnics of "You're My Everything," engaging in a gentle stride opening to "But Not for Me," and coming logically to a bombastic climax. Hutchinson is capable, swinging, and occasionally volatile, and Brown mostly steps back and gives these guys a firm underpinning, with a sly solo now and then ("Bye, Bye Blackbird.") There are few surprises or deviations from the mainstream here, but a good time will be had by anyone who gives this a spin. ~ Richard S. Ginell