- Released: September 30, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atlantic SD 1564 (1970)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A modern jazz piano great, Ray Bryant has a legacy of incredible performances. On this original 1971 LP, Bryant interprets various popular hits with colorful results. Featured recordings include "Let It Be", "My Cherie Amour" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters".
- 1.Stick With It
- 2.Let It Be
- 3.Bridge Over Troubled Waters
- 4.Hey Jude
- 6.Unchained Melody
- 7.My Cherie Amour
- 8.Spinning Wheel
Personnel: Ray Bryant (piano); Winston Collymore, Julien Barber, Joseph Malignaggi, Paul Gershaman, Noel DaCosta, Matthew Raimondi, Selwart Clarke, Gene Orloff, Emanuel Green (violin); Charles McCracken (cello); L‚on Cohen (bass clarinet); Joe Gentle (tenor saxophone); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Chuck Rainey (electric bass); Jimmy Johnson (drum).
Despite some commercial tendencies, this 1970 LP (not yet reissued on CD) is better than it looks. Pianist Ray Bryant uplifts such pop material as "Let It Be," "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," "Hey Jude," and "Spinning Wheel." Four selections find Bryant's trio (with electric bassist Chuck Rainey and drummer Jimmy Johnson) augmented by either horns (on "Let It Be") or by strings effectively arranged by Eumir Deodata. The colorful results are not essential but are less dated than one might think. ~ Scott Yanow