Legend has it that Ray Brown recorded over 2,000 records. When he died at age 75 on July 2, 2002, it marked the end of a magnificent 60 year playing career that left behind for future generations a body of classic work in the world of jazz music. I first came across his unique bass playing sounds in the early 1970s and have always believed he was one of the most innovative bass players in America ever produced.
Ray Brown was a creator, sensitive to the shadings of a melody, and had a great love for music which he shared with his listening audience.
RAY BROWN: THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS features some of the finest work Ray Brown did, and this 2 CD set will be a most welcome addition for jazz fans all over the world who loved the bass performances of a master! And Ray Brown was certainly a master of the bass although in his early career he started as a pianist. His style of performance covered many aspects of jazz.
This 2 CD set contains a booklet covering Brown's career and 24 songs. Among the songs are found "Buhaina Buhaina," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Real Blues," "Georgia On My Mind," "Onion Roll," "Gumbo Hump." "High Heel Sneakers," "Lady Be Good, "Blue Bossa," "Like Someone In Love," and "Just Friends."
This is a fine collection. A must-have for fans of the late Ray Brown and for those who enjoy great jazz performances. This is Ray Brown at his finest.