Monday, November 21, 2011

Ray Brown and his West Coast All-Star Giants - I'm Walking (1990)

Ray Brown and his West Coast All-Star Giants - I'm Walking (1990)
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Genre ~ Mainstream, Bop | Label ~ GML/JVC(xrcd)

Arriving in New York in 1945, on his first day in town Ray Brown met and played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band; "One Bass Hit" and "Two Bass Hit" were early features, and he can be seen with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1947 film Jiving in Bebop. Although not a soloist on the level of an Oscar Pettiford, Brown's quick reflexes and ability to accompany soloists in a swinging fashion put him near the top of his field. After playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic, he married Ella Fitzgerald (their marriage only lasted during 1948-1952), and for a time led his own trio to back the singer. Brown recorded with an early version of the Modern Jazz Quartet (under Milt Jackson's leadership), and then became a permanent member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1951-1966) ~Elusivedisc

01. I'm Walking (5:16)
02. Couch Rotate Blues (2:45)
03. Time after Time (6:31)
04. Drum Feature (4:09)
05. Brown Ballad (3:52)
06. A Portrait of Jenny (5:36)
07. Here to Stay (5:07)
08. Lined with a Groove (5:11)
09. Freddie (6:55)
10. F.S.R. (4:50)

Ray Brown - leader, bass
Ichiro Masuda - vibra-harp
Contecandoli - trumpet
Jeff Clayton - alto & soprano saxophone, alto flute
Pete Christlieb - tenor saxophone
Cedar Walton - piano & fender rhodes
Billy Higgins, John Guerin - drums

Co-Produced by Ray Brown & Ichiro Masuda
Arrangements by Ray Brown (#3, 5) and John Clayton (all others)
Recorded at Evergreen Recording, Burbank, CA
Recording Date: September 15-16, 1990
Recording Engineer: Gary Lux
Mastering Engineer: Tohru Kotetsu (JVC)
Art Direction: Masakazu Hirao
Cover Design: Shin Ozaki
Liner Notes: Hiroshi Moriyama