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Album Review

It would be nice to say that Ray Brown's final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It's a very attractive album — Brown was probably not capable of producing anything less as a leader — but it suffers just a bit from Alexander's slightly sugary style and from the lack of a drummer. Recording without a drummer had been the latest thing in the jazz world for several years when this album was released, but it's not entirely clear what the benefit of such an arrangement was supposed to be. On this album, the swing standard "Fly Me to the Moon" and Dexter Gordon's boppish "Dexter's Dex" would have had much more oomph with a sympathetic drummer on board (though on the latter, Malone's Django Reinhardt-styled backup and Brown's inimitable freight train rhythmic drive do go some distance toward making up for that lack). And the midtempo numbers seem to plod just a bit as well. But as always, there's no questioning either the inventiveness of Brown's solos or the rich sumptuousness of his enormous tone. Early pressings of this album include a bonus disc of tracks culled from Brown's Telarc catalog, and perhaps somewhat ironically, it is this disc that ends up being the more fully satisfying of the two.

Customer Reviews

The review above is insane!!

To say that this sort of combo was only recently popluar when this album was recorded shows how little the reviewer knows about jazz period. The drummer-less trio, made popular by Nat Cole in the frickin' 30's is nothing new. This is a solid Nat Cole style recording. Monty did this a couple of times with Ray, I think the other most notable album had Herb Ellis on it. These recordings are really great new takes on this classic combo and harken back to the original Oscar Peterson Trio - once again, drummer-less.

Reviewer Must Be a Drummer

The reviewer must be a drummer, or a jazz snob. The recording is what it is, which is excellent and I love the classic drummerless trio. It is a format that Ray Brown enjoyed playing in through his entire life and Malone and Monty sound terrific. Ignore the review and go ahead and own the album.

Classic Ray Brown

This album is wonderful! It's classic jazz at it's best, it swings like crazy and Ray Brown lays down the bass lines like only he could do. Monty Alexander and Russell Malone are great as well. If you're a fan of soulful swingin' jazz you will love this recording!


Born: June 6, 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Monty Alexander long ago combined together the influence of Oscar Peterson with the soul of Gene Harris and Nat "King" Cole to form his own appealing and personable style. Long a bit underrated (due to the shadow of Peterson), Alexander has recorded more than a score of excellent albums. Monty Alexander began piano lessons when he was six and he played professionally in Jamaican clubs while still a teenager; his band, Monty and the Cyclones, was quite popular locally during 1958-1960. He first played...
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