For more than five decades Ray Brown (1926-2002) was one of the most important double bassists in jazz history. Along with Oscar Pettiford, Brown expanded the bass tradition established by Jimmy Blanton in the early 1940s and all but defined the role of the bass in bebop. From his early days with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, through the founding of the Modern Jazz Quartet, his definitive work with the Oscar Peterson Trio and his kaleidoscopic activities of the 1970s and '80s, Brown was a model of creativity, technique, expansive sound, and perhaps above all perfect time. With pianist Cedar Walton and drummer Elvin Jones, Brown is at the top of his game in all of those departments in Something for Lester.
Ojos de Rojo, Slippery, Something in Common, Love Walked In, Georgia on My Mind, Little Girl Blue, Sister Sadie