Ray Bryant is a complete modern jazz musician, capable of moving in the fastest company and meeting the most complex harmonic challenges. Yet his history and soul are firmly rooted in that most basic of forms, the blues. "All Blues" could well stand not only as the title of this engaging collection of Bryant performances but as a description of the man's philosophy; everything he plays is touched with the blues. Accompanied by bassist Sam Jones and drummer Grady Tate, men to whom propulsion and swing are as natural as breathing, in this 1978 recording Bryant examines the variety and infinite possibilities of the blues. The pedigreed compositions are by Bryant, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Percy Mayfield. Bryant includes a new version of his 1950s classic "Blues Changes," which created a subtle new shade of the blues that is now permanent in the jazz palette.
Stick with It, All Blues, C-Jam Blues, Please Send Me Someone to Love, Jumpin' with Symphony Sid, Blues Changes, Billie's Bounce