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Sonny Rollins Trio’s “Way Out West” Reissued in Deluxe Box Set
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Sonny Rollins Trio’s “Way Out West” Reissued in Deluxe Box Set

Ray Brown was a master jazz bassist that could carry entire songs, with or without chordal instruments. One of his most notable recordings of the latter situation has just been reissued on vinyl for its 60th anniversary. Sonny Rollins’s Way Out West features the trio Brown on bass, Rollins on sax, and Shelly Manne on drums. It was taken from...

Oscar Peterson Trio: Bag’s Groove
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Oscar Peterson Trio: Bag’s Groove

After people find out I’m a bass player, they always ask who my favorite bassist is and the answer is always the same: Ray Brown. The jazz bassist’s sense of melody and harmony always blow me away, but it’s the time and groove that keep me coming back. Here’s a fantastic take on “Bag’s Groove” with the Oscar Peterson Trio....

Unheard Takes of Jazz Legend Charlie Parker and His Collaborators Released in New Set
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Unheard Takes of Jazz Legend Charlie Parker and His Collaborators Released in New Set

Fifty-eight never listed studio takes from legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker and his groups have been compiled on the set, Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes. The set features a veritable who’s who of bebop bassists, including Teddy Kotick, Ray Brown, Tommy Potter and Curley Russell. Jazz historian Phil Schaap, currently Curator at Jazz At Lincoln Center, co-produced the compilation...

Book Transcribes 18 Ray Brown Classics
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Book Transcribes 18 Ray Brown Classics

Ray Brown’s work as a double bassist was incomparable, and a new book of transcriptions from Hal Leonard pays tribute to him. An 80-page paperback, features 18 transcriptions, photos, performance notes and a forward by contemporary jazz virtuoso Christian McBride. While Brown is best known for his work with Oscar Peterson, he also played with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah...

Ulf Wakenius Project, Featuring Ray Brown: Ray’s New Funk
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Ulf Wakenius Project, Featuring Ray Brown: Ray’s New Funk

Ray Brown was the king of jazz bass, but he also had a funky side. Besides playing on some James Brown tracks, he penned a few funk and soul jazz songs that stood out in his repertoire. We’re celebrating what would be the bass titan’s birthday with this video of his tune “Ray’s New Funk.” The performance comes from a...

Bass Players To Know: Ray Brown
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Ray Brown

It’s about time to spread the love a little for the double bass, and today we’re focusing on the superbly classy and undeniably classic, Ray Brown. So who is Ray Brown? A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Brown grew up playing piano and made the transition to bass while in high school. Like many Pennsylvanian-born bass players, he began playing local...

Milt Jackson & Ray Brown: “Slippery”, Live at Montreux 1977
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Milt Jackson & Ray Brown: “Slippery”, Live at Montreux 1977

Here’s another great video of Ray Brown doing what he does best. This clip is taken from his performance at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival with Milt Jackson. With the help of a star-studded band, the duo tackles “Slippery,” which is also found on Brown’s album Something for Lester. The rest of the band includes Clark Terry on trumpet, Eddie...

Ray Brown Trio: Lady Be Good
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Ray Brown Trio: Lady Be Good

No one can lay down a greasy, heavy swing quite like Ray Brown. Here’s a great video of him grooving hard with pianist Gene Harris and drummer Jeff Hamilton on the song “Lady Be Good” during a 1992 concert in France. The trio’s use of dynamics is astounding, going from the softest whispers to raucous wailing.

Ray Brown and John Clayton: Five O’Clock Whistle
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Ray Brown and John Clayton: Five O’Clock Whistle

Here are couple of the greatest jazz bassists having fun on the old standard “Five O’Clock Whistle.” Ray Brown and John Clayton have a groove together like no other. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out their SuperBass stuff with Christian McBride.

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Featuring Ray Brown: One Bass Hit
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Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Featuring Ray Brown: One Bass Hit

There are so many players I get inspired by, but whenever someone asks me who my favorite bass player is, I always say “Ray Brown”. His groove, technique, melodicism, and swagger always captivates me, so I was pumped to find this clip of him featured with Dizzy Gillespie’s Orchestra in 1947. At a mere 21 years of age, you can...