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Alone at Montreaux

Ray BryantAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00006J9NV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gotta Travel On
2. Blues No 3 Willow Weep For Me
3. Cubano Chant
4. Rockin Chair
5. After Hours
6. Slow Freight
7. Greensleeves
8. Little Susie
9. Until Its Time For You To Go
10. Blues No 2
11. Liebestraum Boogie

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Capsule. July 16, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
Maybe it's easiest to sum things up in advance: I love this album.
I love all things Ray, actually, but -
I prefer the solo work to trio, and I prefer the live stuff to studio - still...
This album is magic somehow. Like a photograph of an old relative you never met, but still feel you knew. I listen to this album (CD, I know) and feel very much like I am recalling having been there that night.
I can't begin to describe how wonderful this album is, and it would be pretentious of me to try. I will say this, if you are a familiar with Big Ray, this is one of his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful Ray Bryant August 12, 2006
By Bomojaz
Format:Audio CD
After playing/recording quite a bit of rock-and-rollish pop oriented stuff throughout the late `60s, Ray got a chance to air out his jazz chops again at the 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival. And he made the best of it. Bryant is an excellent blues player and he plays wonderfully on the blues tracks here: BLUES # 2 & 3 (both first recorded on Ray's highly regarded ALONE WITH THE BLUES album on Prestige from 1958), the ever-popular SLOW FREIGHT, and Avery Parrish's famous AFTER HOURS. Ray plays with a solid, sometimes even pounding, left hand, especially on GOTTA TRAVEL ON and CUBANO CHANT. His right hand can do everything under the sun a piano player is supposed to do, from producing sweeping, lilting melody phrases (GREENSLEEVES) to producing searing white heat (BLUES #2). LIEBESTRAUM BOOGIE sounds like it was an encore, and it's a delightful boogie on a classical tune; Ray has a lot of fun with it. Although not as outstanding as Ray's appearance at Montreux 5 years later in 1977 (recorded for Pablo), this showcases some of his best playing during this jazz-thin period of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Bryant, the best May 29, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For years I have been listening to JAZZ AFTER HOURS on National Public Radio late at night. They play great jazz during hours when a lot of people are sleeping. The theme song is AFTER HOURS, by Ray Bryant. The album it can be heard on is Ray Bryant Alone at Montreux. I had to get a copy. This CD is the best ever! Thank you Ray Bryant! You are the best! Pat France, Towson, Maryland
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Discovery ... WOW! April 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I had heard of Ray Bryant for many years but other than singles like the great "Madison Time" I had never actually heard any of his music, at least not a complete album. I saw this CD in the sale bin of a local shop and noticed that it was part of the "Atlantic Jazz Masters" reissues, a series that I've had good luck with when purchasing titles. Still, seeing that this was a solo live piano performance --- not my usual genre of choice --- gave me pause. Would this really be something that I'd enjoy listening to? Well, enjoy it I did! Bryant is obviously a stellar piano player, but in addition to his technical prowess, what strikes me is the FEEL that he has for these pieces. Energy and passion and soul come pouring forth on every track. Some of the compositions have a bluesy feel, others lean more towards boogie-woogie jazz, and more traditional fare (his cover version of "Greensleeves").

At times, you can't help but marvel at Bryant's keyboard skills; one man making this much sound! It may be a clice, but it sounds like he has more than two hands! Really, this may be a solo piano performance, but it's far from monotonous. On the contrary, it's a dynamic and powerful set, recorded in 1972, spiced by Bryant's vibrant playing. It swings, it rolls, it flows, And listen to the crowd's reaction; they LOVE this guy. In between songs it sounds like they are clapping and shouting and whistling for a returning rock star. And while Bryant may have been deemed a star in certain jazz and blues circles, he was far from a household name. As Joel Dorn writes in the short but succinct liner notes that come with this CD: "Will somebody tell me why Ray Bryant isn't one fo the best known, most respected, most succesful pianists in the history of jazz?
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