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Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players
     

Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players

by Ray Brown
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/1996
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408338823
catalogNumber:
83388
Rank:
249609

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Performance Credits

Ray Brown   Primary Artist,Bass
Jesse Davis   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ralph Moore   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Joshua   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Benny Green   Piano
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Ray Brown Trio   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Ray Brown   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer,Liner Notes
Jack Renner   Engineer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Alyn Shipton   Liner Notes
Bart Howard   Composer

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