Ray Bryant

When Ray Bryant rose to national prominence in the 1950s, he was noted for his ability to meet the sophisticated harmonic demands of modern jazz while retaining the muscle and swing of old forms and the spirit of the gospel music that surrounded him when he was a child. Any performance by Bryant is steeped in the blues, even when he's not playing a blues.

Born in Philadelphia, Bryant (whose older brother Tommy was a bassist) gained experience playing early rhythm ’n’ blues and swing with guitarist Tiny Grimes in the late 1940s. As the house pianist at Philadelphia’s Blue Note, he had opportunities to play with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Miles Davis.

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Albums

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Up Above The Rock /...
Abracadabra Music
2008
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North of the Border
North of the Border
Label M
2001
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Somewhere In France
Abracadabra Music
2000
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The Ray Bryant Trio: Ray's Tribute to His Piano Friends
The Ray Bryant Trio:...
JMI Jazz
1998
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Alone With The Blues
Abracadabra Music
1996
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Blue Moods
Abracadabra Music
1989
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