- Released: May 28, 1996
- Label: Telarc
- 1.How High The Moon - (featuring Joe Lovano)
- 2.Love Walked In - (featuring Benny Carter)
- 3.Polka Dots And Moonbeams - (featuring Joshua Redman)
- 4.Crazeology - (featuring Ralph Moore)
- 5.Port Of Rico - (featuring Stanley Turrentine)
- 6.Moose The Mooche - (featuring Jesse Davis)
- 7.Easy Living - (featuring Joe Lovano)
- 8.Just You, Just Me - (featuring Joshua Redman)
- 9.Fly Me To The Moon - (featuring Benny Carter)
- 10.Sleepy Time Down South, (When It's) - (featuring Ralph Moore)
- 11.These Foolish Things - (featuring Jesse Davis)
- 12.God Bless The Child - (featuring Stanley Turrentine)
- 13.Joe Lovano
- 14.Benny Carter
- 15.Stanley Turrentine
- 16.Jesse Davis
- 17.Joshua Redman
- 18.Ralph Moore
Ray Brown Trio: Ray Brown (bass); Benny Green (piano); Gregory Hutchinson (drums).
Additional personnel: Benny Carter, Jesse Davis (alto saxophone); Joe Lovano, Ralph Moore, Joshua Redman, Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone).
Recorded at Power Station, Studio A, New York, New York from November 20-22, 1995 and Conway Studios, Studio A, Los Angeles, California on February 13, 1996. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton and Elaine Martone.
As a follow-up to bassist Ray Brown's previous record in which he collaborated with several of his favorite pianists, Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players features six major saxophonists (tenors Joe Lovano, Ralph Moore, Joshua Redman and Stanley Turrentine plus altoists Benny Carter and Jesse Davis) on two songs apiece with his regular trio. Although more than 60 years separate the ageless Carter from Redman, each of the saxes originally developed their own voice in the straight-ahead jazz tradition. Highlights of the colorful set include Benny Carter's playful rendition of "Love Walked In," Moore's cooking solo on "Crazeology" (a Benny Harris bop classic which the record mistakenly lists as written by Bud Freeman), Davis ripping through "Moose the Mooche" and Turrentine's romp on the blues "Port of Rico." Pianist Benny Green and drummer Gregory Hutchinson provide suitable accompaniment (Green's solos are consistently excellent) and all dozen of the songs are successful and swinging. As an extra bonus, on the latter part of the CD each of the saxophonists has a brief chat (between 26 seconds and a minute apiece) with Brown about their early influences. There is so much good feeling and obvious mutual respect shown that one wishes these talks were at least twice as long; the Benny Carter segment is most memorable. This well-conceived project is easily recommended. ~ Scott Yanow