Ray Brown, Monty Alexander & Russell Malone [Bonus Disc]

Ray Brown, Monty Alexander & Russell Malone [Bonus Disc]

by Ray Brown
     
 

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It would be nice to say that Ray Brown's final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It's a very attractive album -- Brown was probably not capable of producing

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It would be nice to say that Ray Brown's final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It's a very attractive album -- Brown was probably not capable of producing anything less as a leader -- but it suffers just a bit from Alexander's slightly sugary style and from the lack of a drummer. Recording without a drummer had been the latest thing in the jazz world for several years when this album was released, but it's not entirely clear what the benefit of such an arrangement was supposed to be. On this album, the swing standard "Fly Me to the Moon" and Dexter Gordon's boppish "Dexter's Dex" would have had much more oomph with a sympathetic drummer on board (though on the latter, Malone's Django Reinhardt-styled backup and Brown's inimitable freight train rhythmic drive do go some distance toward making up for that lack). And the midtempo numbers seem to plod just a bit as well. But as always, there's no questioning either the inventiveness of Brown's solos or the rich sumptuousness of his enormous tone. Early pressings of this album include a bonus disc of tracks culled from Brown's Telarc catalog, and perhaps somewhat ironically, it is this disc that ends up being the more fully satisfying of the two.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408356223
catalogNumber:
83562
Rank:
14721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Brown   Primary Artist,Bass
Monty Alexander   Piano
Russell Malone   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Mario Bauzá   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Ray Brown   Composer,Producer
Ray Henderson   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer,Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Bruno Martino   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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