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Ray Brown / Monty Alexander / Russell Malone Special Edition


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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00006LI4D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Before he left us in July 2, 2002, Ray Brown reigned as the king of jazz bassists for over five decades. As a disciple of Oscar Pettiford and Jimmy Blanton, Brown's sturdy tone, impeccable technique, and swinging drive propelled Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and countless other jazz stars to fame. On this CD, his 18th recording for the Telarc label and his fifth in his celebrated Best Friends series, Brown is joined by the young guitar wizard Russell Malone and the lyrical, Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander. The drumless lineup is a tribute to the groundbreaking trios Brown lead with Oscar Peterson, and the music is simply remarkable. With Alexander's flowing pianisms shadowed by Malone's articulate guitar work, Brown's deep grooves are only topped by his flawless melodic ideas. If that isn't enough, this specially priced set also contains another CD with tracks from Brown's previous Telarc releases, selected by producer Elaine Martone. It further proves that no one has, or will, play the bass like Ray Brown. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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This is an old favorite of mine.
Patricia A. Mc Gehee
Straight Ahead (Ray Brown(b), Monty Alexander(p), Herb Ellis (g)) If you liked this album, this is similar with great playing and two cds!
Jonathan L
This CD should be in every jazz lover's library!...
B. J. Lane

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Lane on February 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Recorded just a few short months before he left us last summer, Ray showed us (as he did many times over the years) one prime example of the great musician he was. No one can ever match or exceed the talent this legend possessed.
Every track on this CD is a gem, and the musicianship of Russell Malone (guitar) and Monty Alexander (piano) is impeccable. As a bonus, Telarc added another disc showcasing Ray's finest work from his other CDs.
This CD should be in every jazz lover's library!...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan L on March 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You tell me. I don't know. I tell you, Russell Malone and Monty Alexander's performance on this song has dazzled me for over a year. This was one of the first albums I ever got. It convinced me that jazz was worth listening to. I got this, and the solos have never failed to impress me. If you are a rocker, jazzer, rapper,or even a ukelele player you'll like this cd. My personal favorite is Fly Me To The Moon and Honeysuckle Rose. Ray Brown in himself is a virtuoso. He's played with lots of great players. Below are some other cds I recommend:
1. Straight Ahead (Ray Brown(b), Monty Alexander(p), Herb Ellis (g)) If you liked this album, this is similar with great playing and two cds!
2. Some Of My Best Friends Are Guitarists (Ray Brown (b), Geoff Keezer (p), Kareem Riggins (d), and Ulf Wakenius, Russell Malone, Bruce Forman, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli on different songs (guitarists))
3. Summertime (Ray Brown (b), Geoff Keezer (p), Gregory Hutchinson (d), Ulf Wakenius (g) This is also extremely similar to this cd.

P.S Please Check Out My Reviews On The Recommended CDs!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aurpon W. Mitra on October 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I first looked up the album, I was surprised not to see a drummer listed. My assumption was it was going to be kind of boring without somebody like Jeff Hamilton, Karriem Riggins, or Greg Hutchinson(former Ray Brown drummers) in the ensemble. How wrong I was!

Monty Alexander and Russell Malone are just awesome on this recording. Malone has such stylistic range but still maintains a rich tone. Alexander has softer approach that is equally playful. And of course, Ray Brown is always amazing.

Definitely worth purchasing for anyone who likes Jazz, Ray Brown, or just wants some relaxed listening with a swinging trio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christoph K. Bennett on May 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The piano/standup bass/guitar combo has always been my favorite in jazz. In this setting no one can lay back. This came out not too long before or after the passing of Ray Brown. His playing on this is amazing, as is Monty Alexander's. However, I really believe it is Russell Malone who stands out on this disk. He really delivers here with some hard swinging stuff. This reminds me of the albums Monty and Ray have made with guitarist Herb Ellis, especially the "Straight Ahead" album. You will not regret having this in your collection. They played together really well. If I'm not mistaken, it also serves as Ray Brown's final release. Very recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This album was Brown's last as a leader and - to me - a fitting end mark to a remarkable career. Before proceeding with my take I want to say that this album was panned by some critics for not having a drummer. As a drummer I can say that one was not required, and would have probably broken the spell that the music holds for me personally. If you happen to be a drummer, think of this is one of those 'Minus One' play-along albums and dig in.

Sadly there are no sound samples on this page at the time of this review. Each track, especially on the first disc, is a mini masterpiece and a shining example of what a jazz trio should be. In particular, Alexander's piano work is more subdued than what he is known for, but it worked beautifully in this context. Brown's bass is unmistakable with his characteristic tone and feel. The big surprise for me is Malone's guitar work. I am familiar with him from his work with Diana Krall, but here he has the opportunity to play in such a nuanced style that he won me over completely. I am not especially fond of guitars, but Malone has earned a place on my short list of favorite guitarists.

A few notes. First, it's easy to compare this trio to other ones in which Brown was a member and especially the Oscar Peterson Trio when Herb Ellis was a member. The music here is totally different in character. For one thing Alexander has a style that is completely different. On the other hand you can hear a touch of Herb Ellis in Malone's playing, although you can probably trace that back to Oscar Moore, who influenced Charlie Christian who in turn had a major influence on Ellis. The common thread, though, is Brown.

Disc Two of this set does contain a few tracks with some great drummers like Jeff Hamilton and Lewis Nash.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Grimes on October 16, 2009
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This is my new reference quality SACD. The multichannel track brings the 3 instruments out into the room with clarity and accuracy that is rare even in SACDs. The session and performances are equally stunning. Do not miss out on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fair And Honest as I Know How on December 5, 2010
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What an incredible example of trio improvisation! The solos are beautiful and the groove is really solid - even without a drummer! - as others have mentioned. This album is a very pleasant listen and shows what can happen when three superb players blend superbly. If you like swing and "straight ahead" jazz, you will probably enjoy this album a lot.
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