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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 24, 1931 | Died: June 2, 2011

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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Featured recording “North of the Border”

North of the Border

Label M
2001
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    Up Above The Rock / Get Out Of My Life Woman

    Abracadabra Music
    2008
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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

    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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    Con Alma

    Abracadabra Music
    1988
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    Alone At Montreux

    Abracadabra Music
    1988
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