Friday, November 18, 2011

Ray Brown – Some of My Best Friends are… the Trumpet Players (2000)

Ray Brown – Some of My Best Friends are… the Trumpet Players (2000)
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Genre ~ Bop, Hard-Bop, Trumpet | Label ~ TELARC

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. ~Allmusic

01. Our Delight (with Roy Hargrove) (5:04)
02. Bag’s Groove (with Jon Faddis) (6:31)
03. I Thought About You (with James Morrison) (5:47)
04. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (with Terence Blanchard) (4:06)
05. Violets for Your Furs (with Nicholas Payton) (5:51)
06. Itty Bitty Blues (with Clark Terry) (2:59)
07. Stairway to the Stars (with Roy Hargrove) (4:31)
08. Original Jones (with Jon Faddis) (5:05)
09. When You Go (with James Morrison) (4:52)
10. The Kicker (with Nicholas Payton) (4:22)
11. Clark’s Tune (Legacy) (with Clark Terry) (4:58)
12. Goodbye (with Terence Blanchard) (7:56)

Ray Brown – bass
Geoff Keezer – piano
Karriem Riggins – drums

--with trumpetists--

Terence Blanchard
John Faddis
Roy Hargrove
James Morrison
Nicholas Payton
Clark Terry

Recorded at Avatar Studios, Studio A; New York City, January 10-14, 2000;
except tracks 3 and 9 recorded at O’Henry Studios, Studio A;
Burbank, California, February 21, 2000

Recording Producers: Ray Brown, Elaine Martone
Recording Engineer: Michael Bishop
Editor: Robert Friedrich
2nd Engineers: Rory Romano and Patrick Shannon
Executive Producer: Robert Woods
Cover Photo: Yuri Dojc
Cover Design: Deborah Kane, Imagine Studios
Art Direction: Anilda Carrasquillo
Liner notes by Bob Blumenthal