Ray Bryant

Ray Bryant

Real Name:
Raphael Homer Bryant
Profile:
American jazz pianist and composer. As a pianist Ray Bryant was soulful and swinging and covered a wide range of genres from from bop to blues, boogie-woogie, gospel, and R&B. (b. December 24, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - d. June 02, 2011 in New York City, New York).

His career took on in the late 40's while playing with Tiny Grimes. In 1953 he became house pianist at the Blue Note in Philadelphia, backing such leaders as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lester Young and Dizzy Gillespie] a.m.o. In 1959 he settled in New York and started recording for Columbia with own trio. With The Ray Bryant Combo he also entered the R&B genre, backing Aretha Franklin on her debut for Columbia and releasing the Bryant co-written R&B hit "The Madison Time", later used in the "Hair Spray" movies. As a composer he is also known for penning the jazz standard "Cubano Chant". In the 60's Bay Bryant released several albums of soul-jazz on the Cadet label. But among his most timeless releases however is his solo piano albums where he interprets blues, gospel and standards, like the 1956 "Alone With The Blues" and the 1972 "Alone at Montreux".
His brothers are the late jazz bassist Tommy Bryant and drummer and singer Len Bryant. His nephews are Kevin Eubanks and Robin Eubanks.
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Ray Bryant Discography

Albums

Ray Bryant Alone With The Blues (Album) New Jazz UK 1958 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Ray Bryant Plays (Album) Signature (4) Germany 1960 Sell This Version
B 47139 L Ray Bryant Madison(LP, Album) Philips B 47139 L Germany 1961 Sell This Version
HTX 40.341, HTX 40341 Coleman Hawkins With Tiny Grimes And Ray Bryant Coleman Hawkins With Tiny Grimes And Ray Bryant - Blues Groove(LP, Album, RE) La Voix De Son Maître, La Voix De Son Maître HTX 40.341, HTX 40341 France 1962 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Hollywood Jazz Beat (Album) Columbia Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Groove House (Album) Sue Records Inc. US 1963 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Live At Basin Street East (Album) Sue Records Inc. US 1964 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Cold Turkey (Album) Sue Records Inc., Sue Records Inc. Canada 1964 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Soul Sue Records Inc., Sue Records Inc. US 1965 Sell This Version
Volume 5 Ray Bryant Music Minus One Volume 5(LP, Album) Music Minus One Volume 5 US 1965 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Lonesome Traveler (Album) Cadet Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Take A Bryant-Step (Album) Cadet Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant The Ray Bryant Touch (Album) Cadet Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Slow Freight (Album) Cadet Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Up Above The Rock (Album) Cadet Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Sound Ray (Album) Cadet Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant MCMLXX (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Alone At Montreux (Album) Atlantic US 1972 Sell This Version
Betty Carter And Ray Bryant Betty Carter And Ray Bryant - Meet Betty Carter And Ray Bryant (Album, Comp) Epic Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant In The Cut (Album) Cadet Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Here's Ray Bryant (Album) Pablo Records Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Montreux '77 (Album) Pablo Live US 1977 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Solo Flight (Album) Pablo Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Ray Bryant Hot Turkey (Album) Black And Blue Japan 1979 Sell This Version
30CY-1379 Akira Ohmori Featuring Ray Bryant Akira Ohmori Featuring Ray Bryant - Back To The Wood(CD, Album) Denon 30CY-1379 Japan 1987 Sell This Version

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