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Brother Ray

Brother Ray

by The Eric Byrd TrioThe Eric Byrd Trio


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Although it's an album in tribute of Ray Charles, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd here takes the approach of choosing lesser-known recordings to cover, for fear of mishandling the truly classic performances. It's a good approach in this case. While Byrd and his band have some excellent chops (and in particular, the addition of the "+4 Horns"), Byrd's voice is casual, built for a quiet nightclub. The fire of Charles' songs is missing. The back-and-forth of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (here with Lea Gilmore) becomes a casual conversation rather than the hesitation and pleading that it was under Charles and Betty Carter. Excellent solos throughout the album from Paul Carr (who once played with Charles) on tenor sax and Brad Clements on trumpet, and an extremely solid rhythm section made of Byrd himself, Al Young, Jr., and Bhagwan Khalsa make for a nice listen instrumentally, though fans of Charles' music probably shouldn't be looking here. Shoot for a collection or two of Charles' work in preference to this one -- there's honest admiration, but the covers fall short of really being an homage to the genius himself.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0600627002328
catalogNumber: 5637291006
Rank: 217642


  1. Let the Good Times Roll
  2. Them That Got
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. I've Got News for You
  5. Get on the Right Track Baby
  6. Baby It's Cold Outside
  7. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  8. I Want a Little Girl
  9. Watch Them Dogs
  10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  11. You Don't Know Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Byrd Trio   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Chris Watling   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Paul Carr   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Eric Byrd   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Brad Clements   Trumpet,Group Member
Lea Gilmore   Vocals
Lyle Link   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Frank McCreary   Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Ray Alfred   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Eric Byrd   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Ricci Harper   Composer

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