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

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/1996
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408338823
  • Catalog Number: 83388
  • Sales rank: 95,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How High the Moon (5:26)
  2. 2 Love Walked In - Ray Brown Trio (4:39)
  3. 3 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (6:31)
  4. 4 Crazeology - Ray Brown Trio (3:43)
  5. 5 Port of Rico (6:14)
  6. 6 Moose the Mooche - Ray Brown Trio (5:18)
  7. 7 Easy Living (6:10)
  8. 8 Just You, Just Me (4:07)
  9. 9 Fly Me to the Moon - Ray Brown Trio (5:26)
  10. 10 When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Ray Brown Trio (7:04)
  11. 11 These Foolish Things - Ray Brown Trio (5:51)
  12. 12 God Bless the Child (6:39)
  13. 13 [Conversation w/Joe Lovano] (0:56)
  14. 14 [Conversation w/Benny Carter] (1:02)
  15. 15 [Conversation w/Stanley Turrentine] (0:29)
  16. 16 [Conversation w/Jesse Davis] (0:26)
  17. 17 [Conversation w/Joshua Redman] (0:26)
  18. 18 [Conversation w/Ralph Moore] (0:37)
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Album Credits

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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