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Ray Bryant • Sound Ray

Raphael Homer "Ray" Bryant (December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ray Bryant began playing the piano at the age of six, also performing on bass in junior high school.[2] He turned professional before his age of majority. In 1948-49 he toured with guitarist Tiny Grimes.[2] He was house pianist at the Blue Note club in Philadelphia from 1953 to 1956, accompanying many other leading players such as Lester Young, Jo Jones, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Sonny Stitt.[2] He also played with Sonny Rollins, Melba Liston, and Coleman Hawkins, as well as singers Carmen McRae and Aretha Franklin. Bryant later resided in Detroit, Michigan. From the late 1950s, he led a trio, performing throughout the world, and also worked solo. He toured Europe regularly after appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973.[2] In addition, he was a noted jazz composer, with well-known themes such as "Cubano Chant," "The Madison Time," "Monkey Business," and "Little Susie" to his credit.

The musicians Kevin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks, and Robin Eubanks are his nephews. His brothers are the bass player Tommy Bryant (May 21, 1930 – March 1, 1982) and Len Bryant, who plays drums and is also a singer. His niece Jennifer Bryant who is also Len Bryant's daughter is a singer songwriter and producer.

Both Tommy and Ray Bryant formed a trio with Oz Perkins as the back-up band for the off-Broadway run of the comedy show Cambridge Circus, at Square East in 1964. The show starred John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Graham Chapman, Jonathan Lynn, and Jean Hart.

Tracks listing:
A1 A Song For My Father 5:23
A2 Con Alma 4:14
A3 Scarborough Fair 4:36
A4 Stick With It 5:09
B1 Broadway 5:30
B2 Li'l Darlin' 5:09
B3 The Look Of Love 5:30
B4 Sound Ray

credits and sessions recording:
Bass – James Rowser
Drums – Harold White
Piano, Arranged By – Ray Bryant
Producer – Richard Evans

Recorded at Ter Mar Studios,
Engineer – Dave Purple

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