Cannot ask for anything more than this: one of the greatest bassists who ever lived, a jazz pianist who infused every note with the blues and one of my drummer heroes who is possibly the best living brush master. The arrangements of the standards on this album are damn interesting. Since Ray Brown is the leader he may have had a hand in them, but I hear Gene Harris' unique style on each of them.
Jack Kerouac was the father of the Beat Generation, author of On The Road and pivotal figure of the 1950s countercultural revolution. This portrait shows us what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.
The mind of an artist, a real artist my brain doesn't connect to much like yours might not but I can see it from a distance. It's maybe why I'm not a known name, I think about that stuff a lot. Like anyone else does. It's really fascinating, to me at least. 43 years ago, RIP.
Bass – Ahmed Abdul-Malik (tracks: 2-13), Doug Watkins (tracks: 2-11, 2-16), Joe Benjamin (tracks: 1-13 to 1-16), Richard Davis (2) (tracks: 2-14), Tommy Potter (tracks: 2-4 to 2-10,), Wilbur Little (tracks: 1-1 to 1-12, 2-12) Drums – Connie Kay (tracks: 2-14), Elvin Jones (tracks: 1-1 to 1-12, 2-12, 2-15, 2-16), Jo Jones (tracks: 2-13), Louis Hayes (tracks: 2-11), Roy Haynes (tracks: 2-4 to 2-10)
Guitar – Kenny Burrell (tracks: 2-16)
Piano – Tommy Flanagan