Alone - Blues & Ballads (2cd)
Label: FRESH SOUND / Absolute Distribution
Ray Garland & Ray Bryant
3LPs on 2 CDs. Red Garland and Ray Bryant display their ability and good taste exploring a selection of ballads, blues, standards and originals. Despite their different styles, both pianists deliver, in their respective ways, a moving experience. The incredibly tasteful Garland s discerning touch, phrasing and innately melodic sense make his playing a constant joy and show why Miles Davis hired him for his first great quintet. Where the Ray Bryant session is concerned, the blues take over from the first dark, rolling figure that opens the date. The result is a multi-faceted, happy, dolorous, impish, whimsical blues outing played by an interpreter steeped in the genre, a set that gives full rein to Bryant to express his soul.