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

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

by Ray Brown Trio


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

Ray Brown did it again with the fourth installment in his Some of My Best Friends Are... series, spotlighting some of the hottest trumpet players around and producing one of the finest trumpet-fronted small group recordings to come down the jazz pike in a while. Featuring a six-pack of hornmen ranging from octogenarian Clark Terry to youngsters Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton, this CD alternately cooks and simmers, with the ballads especially standing out in their spaciousness and beauty. The blend of Brown's bass and Jon Faddis' trumpet on a slowed-down "Bag's Groove" is particularly appealing in its sparseness. The intro and outro duets between Brown's bass and James Morrison's dry trumpet tone on "I Thought About You" are also entrancing in their openness. Terrence Blanchard lays out a smoky lead line over Geoff Keezer's bluesy late-night piano on Benny Goodman's old sign-off theme, "Goodbye," bringing a new poignancy to the tune. On the most noteworthy upbeat number, Payton really smokes on Joe Henderson's composition, "The Kicker," though the track mysteriously fades out too early. Brown himself is fantastic throughout this disc, and he and his trio mates Keezer and drummer Karriem Riggins anchor the proceedings masterfully.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408349522
catalogNumber: 83495
Rank: 144691

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Brown Trio   Primary Artist
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Geoff Keezer   Piano
James Morrison   Trumpet
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
Karriem Riggins   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Bishop   Engineer
Ray Brown   Producer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Matty Malneck   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Rory Romano   Engineer
Yuri Dojc   Cover Photo
Patrick Shannon   Engineer
Deboarah Kane   Cover Design

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