October 24, 2006
Concord Jazz

Album Review

Focusing on the latter part of his career, the double-disc anthology Bassics: Best of Ray Brown Trio 1977-2000 collects a nice cross-section of the recordings bassist Ray Brown made with his various trio configurations for the Concord and Telarc labels. Included is work the iconic musician made with such pianists as Cedar Walton, Gene Harris and Monty Alexander, as well Benny Green and Geoff Keezer. These are elegant, sophisticated mainstream jazz recordings that are the epitome of swinging modern jazz. While listeners looking for a more representative view of Brown's long career should probably check out his influential early recordings, Bassics offers a perfect overview of the still superb Brown in the autumn of his life.
Matt Collar, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Sister Sadie
  2. Blue Bossa
  3. Exactly Like You
  4. Mistreated But Undefeated Blues [Alternate Take]
  5. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  6. That's All
  7. Rio
  8. Summertime
  9. Buhaina Buhaina
  10. The Real Blues
  11. Bye Bye Blackbird
  12. Gumbo Hupp
  13. Phineas Can Be
  14. Don't Get Sassy
  15. Seven Steps to Heaven
  16. Port of Rico
  17. You're My Everything
  18. Freddie Freeloader
  19. It's Only a Paper Moon
  20. Cherokee
  21. Caravan
  22. Goodbye
  23. I Want to Be Happy
  24. Lined with a Groove
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