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RAY BROWN: The Complete Early Albums (4 CDs)

RAY BROWN: The Complete Early Albums (4 CDs)


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Born October 13, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ray Matthew Brown took piano lessons from the age of eight, but after noticing how many pianists attended his high school, he thought of taking up the trombone, but was unable to afford one. With a vacancy in the high school jazz orchestra, he took on the upright bass. As a young man Brown became increasingly well known in the Pittsburgh jazz scene, with his first experiences playing in bands with the Jimmy Hinsley Sextet and the Snookum Russell band. After graduating high school, having heard stories about the burgeoning jazz scene on 52nd Street, he bought a one-way ticket to New York. He arrived in the city at the age of 20, met up with Hank Jones, with whom he had previously worked, and was introduced to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass player. Gillespie hired Brown on the spot, and he soon played with such established musicians as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Between 1956 and 1965, Ray Brown released a number of albums on which he performed as leader or co-leader. He made four records alongside Barney Kessel and Shelley Manne between '57 and '60, performing as The Poll Winners, and in the early sixties made two with his old buddy Milt Jackson. Brown was later adopted by the rock and pop fraternity and has appeared on albums by Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, Barry Manilow, Maria Maldaur, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Stephen Bishop, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. While never reaching the status of many of his contemporaries, Ray Brown's legacy is virtually unparalleled in the history of jazz, having appeared on literally hundreds of albums during his lengthy career, and remaining a name to drop in all the right circles. This delightful 4CD set features many of Brown's finest early albums, up to the mid-1960s, and includes recordings he made alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson, The Pollwinners, and of course all the records from this era on which he performed as leader.

- Disc 1 -
1 Ool-Ya-Koo
2 Love That Boy
3 Mr. Paganini
4 It's Too Soon to Know
5 I Never Knew
6 How High the Moon
7 Heat Wave
8 Old Mother Hubbard
9 Bop Goes the Weasel
10 Ool-Ya-Koo
11 Flying Home
12 Blues for Sylvia
13 All of You
14 Everything I Have Is Yours
15 Will You Still Be Mine?
16 Little Toe
17 Alone Together
18 Solo for Unaccompanied Bass
19 My Foolish Heart
20 Blues for Lorraine
- Disc 2 -
1 Bric-A-Brac
2 Upstairs Blues
3 (Back Home Again in) Indiana
4 The Nearness of You
5 Take the 'A' Train
6 Cool Walk
7 Jim
8 Tangerine
9 Almost Like Being in Love
10 That Old Feeling
11 Ain't Misbehavin'
12 Alice Blue Gown
13 Rosalie
14 But Beautiful
15 Poor Butterfly
16 Memories of You
17 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby
- Disc 3 -
1 Work Song
2 It Happened in Monterey
3 My One and Only Love
4 Tricrotism
5 Thumbstring
6 Cannon Bilt
7 Two for the Blues
8 Day in, Day Out
9 Baubles, Bangles and Beads
10 Much in Common
11 When the Saints Go Marching in
12 I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song
13 Gravy Blues
14 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
15 What Kind of Fool Am I?
16 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
17 Just for a Thrill
18 Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
19 Give Me That Old Religion
- Disc 4 -
1 Lined with a Groove
2 For Someone I Love (What's Your Story)
3 Dew and Mud
4 I Just Can't Fool Myself
5 Lazy Theme
6 Now Hear My Meaning
7 In a Crowd
8 Monterey Mist
9 Jordu
10 Satin Doll
11 It Could Happen to You
12 Mean to Me
13 Don't Worry 'Bout Me
14 On Green Dolphin Street
15 You Go to My Head
16 Minor Mood
17 Nagasaki

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