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Live from New York to Tokyo
     

Live from New York to Tokyo

by Ray Brown
 
This two-fer reissue combines two live albums released by the Ray Brown Trio in the 1980s, The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio, featuring pianist Gene Harris and drummer Mickey Roker along with bassist Brown, recorded at the Blue Note nightclub in New York in November and December

Overview

This two-fer reissue combines two live albums released by the Ray Brown Trio in the 1980s, The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio, featuring pianist Gene Harris and drummer Mickey Roker along with bassist Brown, recorded at the Blue Note nightclub in New York in November and December 1985, and Bam Bam Bam, with the trio consisting of Brown, Harris, and drummer Jeff Hamilton, cut in December 1988 at the 2,000-seat Kan-i Hoken Hall in Toyko. Harris, whom Brown had lured from obscurity and retirement in Idaho, was something of the bassist's protégé during this period, so it is not surprising that Brown actually takes a back seat on much of the music here, allowing Harris to be showcased. To listen to these albums, you would think Harris, not Brown, was the leader. The bassist does reserve at least one important solo for himself in each set, giving an expressive arco introduction to the surprising selection "Love Me Tender" (the Elvis Presley song) on the first disc and returning to the bow on an attractive interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "If I Loved You" from Carousel on the second. Hamilton also gets some spotlight time on the second disc, notably with a showy solo during "Rio" and a hand-drumming part in "A Night in Tunisia." But it's Harris who carries the programs in each concert, and he proves an imaginative soloist, particularly during a version of Gershwin's "Summertime" in Tokyo that has the enthusiastic audience clapping along. The pianist could ask for nothing more than the platform Brown has provided for him on these albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431217428
catalogNumber:
2174
Rank:
33531

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Brown   Primary Artist,Bass
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Gene Harris   Piano
Mickey Roker   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Ray Brown   Producer
Phil Edwards   Remixing
George Horn   Remixing
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Bennett Rubin   Producer
Hatsuro Takanami   Engineer
Miles Jordan   Liner Notes
Tom Burgess   Art Direction
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Phoebe Ferguson   Cover Photo
Kazumi Someya   Project Interpreter

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