The late Ray Brown was one the greatest bassists in the history of jazz. He was also leader of, and driving force in, one of jazz’s most swinging and popular trios. Featuring the two-fisted, bluesy jazz piano artistry of Gene Harris, the dynamic Ray Brown Trio played with an incomparable combination of finesse, swing, and power. Best heard in live performance, this tight-knit group could, in a moment’s notice, take the music from a quiet whisper to an all-out roar of a big band-style shout chorus.
This special 2-CD collection features two of the best live Ray Brown Trio recordings, in their entirety. Disc One, The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio is succinctly and precisely that—an absolutely incendiary, red hot session by the fiery trio, captured live in New York. The trio’s inspired, now-classic version of the standard "That’s All" is one of the many scorching highlights in this timeless session. Recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, Bam, Bam, Bam is the must-have live date that features—amongst many other highlights—Gene Harris’ legendary, tour de force version of "Summertime."