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Best of the Concord Years
     

The Best of the Concord Years

by Ray Brown
 
Ray Brown was in at the beginning of the Concord Jazz record label in the early '70s, and starting with Brown's Bag in 1975, he recorded a dozen albums as a leader for Concord before departing for Telarc Records in the early '90s. This two-disc compilation, with a running time of almost two hours and 20 minutes, presents 24 selections drawn from 19 Concord Jazz

Overview

Ray Brown was in at the beginning of the Concord Jazz record label in the early '70s, and starting with Brown's Bag in 1975, he recorded a dozen albums as a leader for Concord before departing for Telarc Records in the early '90s. This two-disc compilation, with a running time of almost two hours and 20 minutes, presents 24 selections drawn from 19 Concord Jazz albums recorded between 1973 and 1993, including live performances at the Concord Jazz Festivals, recordings by Brown's trio and the L.A. 4, and a Brown duet with Jimmy Rowles, among other configurations. As a bass player, Brown only rarely solos, so one usually notices the horn players (Harry "Sweets" Edison, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, Richie Kamuca, Blue Mitchell, Ralph Moore, and Bud Shank), the pianists (Monty Alexander, George Duke, Gene Harris, Art Hillery, and Rowles), or other frontline musicians (guitarists Laurindo Almeida, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass, violinist John Frigo) before the rhythm section. But even when Brown isn't stepping out, he is maintaining the group's swing, along with drummers John Guerin, Jeff Hamilton, Jake Hanna, Gerryck King, Shelly Manne, Mickey Roker, and Jimmie Smith, and he also wrote a number of the tunes. Brown had done relatively few sessions as a leader in the 30 years of his career prior to his association with Concord, so, while the label owes him a lot, he also was enabled to flourish with the company in a way he had not before, and that is reflected in this well-chosen compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431216421
catalogNumber:
2164

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Performance Credits

Ray Brown   Primary Artist,Bass
Monty Alexander   Piano
George Duke   Piano
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Jake Hanna   Drums
Gene Harris   Piano
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Ralph Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Pass   Guitar
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Frigo   Violin
John Guerin   Drums
Art Hillery   Piano
Gerryck King   Drums
Mike Melvoin   Keyboards
Mickey Roker   Drums
Jimmie Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Producer
Ray Brown   Producer
John Burk   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Chris Long   Producer
Bennett Rubin   Producer
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Darren Wong   Original Design Concept

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