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Verve's Ultimate series unveils a new concept in the hackneyed concept of greatest-hits collections: Instead of compilation producers, these albums feature tracks selected by figures who either worked with or were influenced by the artists themselves. The results are much more than your average best-of compilations; they're closer to treatises on the immense influence that those artists exerted on generations to come, documenting exactly why they were special and deserve to be remembered. The Ultimate Ray Brown volume was compiled by Christian McBride, who concentrates on two of the greatest albums in Brown's discography: 1956's Bass Hit! (four tracks) and the Milt Jackson collaboration Much in Common (seven tracks). Though not quite an effective career overview, Ultimate Ray Brown does include many of the bassist's greatest moments on record.

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This IS the Ultimate Ray Brown

Being a bassist, one thing I really like about this album, is that the bass is clear, crisp, and easy to hear. These songs are great for transcribing, and just for listening to. All of the musicians are phenomonal, and the bass lines are really grooving. My favorite tracks include, Cool Walk (the flute is awseome) Tricotism (this is a groovy tune, and one of the first i learned on the bass) and Lined with a Groove. Overall this album is really funky, but also keeps classic styles, and includes standards. A great album!

this man is good

The best in the buissnes if you ask me. I love him.


Born: October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The huge and comfortable sound of Ray Brown's bass was a welcome feature on bop-oriented sessions for over a half-century. He played locally in his native Pittsburgh in his early days. Arriving in New York in 1945, on his first day in town Brown met and played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band; "One Bass Hit" and "Two Bass Hit" were early features, and he can be seen with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1947 film Jiving in...
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