Straight Ahead

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All Music Guide
While Concord continues to release excellent mainstream jazz albums, the label also has an extraordinary back catalog from the '70s and the '80s. Straight Ahead packages two albums -- Trio 1981 and Overseas Special1984 -- by pianist Monty Alexander, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The first disc captures the happy meeting of musical minds as the participants explore nine bubbly tunes. While the band can certainly cook on a piece like "I Want to Be Happy," the drummer-less trio brings a lighter touch to classics like "Sweet Georgia Brown." The four-to-five minute length of most of these songs leaves room for extended solos while retaining the taut, intimate feel of good trio work. The live Overseas Special...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
While Concord continues to release excellent mainstream jazz albums, the label also has an extraordinary back catalog from the '70s and the '80s. Straight Ahead packages two albums -- Trio 1981 and Overseas Special1984 -- by pianist Monty Alexander, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The first disc captures the happy meeting of musical minds as the participants explore nine bubbly tunes. While the band can certainly cook on a piece like "I Want to Be Happy," the drummer-less trio brings a lighter touch to classics like "Sweet Georgia Brown." The four-to-five minute length of most of these songs leaves room for extended solos while retaining the taut, intimate feel of good trio work. The live Overseas Special was recorded almost two years later at the Satin Doll Club in Tokyo, and makes a fine companion to the earlier album. Here, the fellows stretch the songs a bit, offering a nine-minute version of "But Not for Me" and eight-minute take of "C.C. Rider." Also notable are two originals, Ellis' swinging "Orange in Pain" and Brown's bouncy "F.S.R." Both albums have plenty to offer to fans of any of the participants, and Straight Ahead is an apt title for the fine music Alexander, Brown, and Ellis make together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431216728
  • Catalog Number: 2167
  • Sales rank: 178,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over - Ray Brown (4:11)
  2. 2 You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) - Ray Brown (3:57)
  3. 3 Blues for Junior - Ray Brown (5:18)
  4. 4 Sweet Georgia Brown - Ray Brown (5:22)
  5. 5 I Want to Be Happy - Ray Brown (2:41)
  6. 6 Put Your Little Foot Right Out - Ray Brown (6:02)
  7. 7 Captain Bill - Ray Brown (3:13)
  8. 8 To Each His Own - Ray Brown (5:19)
  9. 9 Sister Sadie - Ray Brown (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 But Not for Me - Ray Brown (9:37)
  2. 2 A Time for Love - Ray Brown (6:00)
  3. 3 Orange in Pain - Ray Brown (6:17)
  4. 4 F.S.R. (For Sonny Rollins) - Ray Brown (6:14)
  5. 5 For All We Know - Ray Brown (7:42)
  6. 6 C.C. Rider - Ray Brown (8:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Piano
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ray Brown Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Monty Alexander Composer
Herb Ellis Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Horace Silver Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Con Conrad Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remixing
Ray Evans Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
George Horn Mastering, Remastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
William Rivera Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Philip Elwood Liner Notes
Yoichiro Kikuchi Producer
Yoshihisa Watanabe Engineer
Russ Columbo Composer
Bruce Burr Cover Photo
Dick Hendler Art Direction
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Larry Spier Composer
Gladys Dubois Composer
Traditional Composer
Jill Simonsen Art Direction
Paul Gregory Composer
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