- Released: December 17, 1997
- Label: JVC Japan
Down Beat - 5/98, p.614 stars (out of 5)
- "...it swings literally from the first note....[Bryant] remains one of our supreme masters of blues and gospel piano."
RAY'S TRIBUTE TO HIS JAZZ PIANO FRIENDS includes compositions by Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, Vince Guaraldi, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Barron, Randy Weston, Joe Zawinul.
Ray Bryant Trio: Ray Bryant (piano); Ray Drummond (bass); Winard Harper (drums).
Recorded at Sound On Sound Studios, New York, New York on June 26 & 27, 1997. Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow.
Ray Bryant (who is joined for this set by bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Winard Harper) pays tribute to 11 of his favorite pianists by playing a song apiece associated with Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, Vince Guaraldi, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Barron, Randy Weston and Joe Zawinul. Bryant's timeless style lends itself well to such songs as "The Duke," "Doodlin'," "Moanin'," and even "The 'In' Crowd" and "Birdland." ~ Scott Yanow