Tina May sings the Ray Bryant Song Book


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1. Swing My Life Away
2. I’ll Blame It On The Samba
3. Hey You, Yes You
4. Little Lullaby
5. When The Wind Blows
6. One Fine Day
7. Talk To Me
8. If You Believe
9. Lonely Man
10.Give The Drummer Some
11. If You Want To Shake A Lady
12. Fantasy For Two
13. Sweet Sounds

Tina May – vocals
Len Bryant – vocals
Don Sickler – trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger
Bobby Porcelli – alto sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet
Jay Brandford – baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Tim Givens – bass
Vince Cherico – drums, percussion

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Rudy Van Gelder

read Jazzwise album interview

Ray Bryant is a legendary pianist who in the past has accompanied the greatest jazz divas of the time . His credits include albums with Betty Carter and Carmen MacRae and he has accompanied Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and numerous other jazz greats.

More recently he has tended to pursue a solo career and can be heard most years at the big international jazz festivals in France, Japan and the US. Ray has been a fan of Tina’s singing since they first met in Paris in 1997 , and they have often talked about performing or recording together. As is often the case, to actually turn a vague idea into a tangible project a catalyst was needed. In this case the person who has made it happen is Don Sickler. Don is a versatile and highly respected figure on the New York jazz scene. He is a great trumpet player but also well known as an arranger, record producer and music publisher.

The album will be a definitive recording of Ray Bryant’s compositions with lyrics sung and mostly written by Tina and arrangements by Don Sickler. The whole album was recorded at The Rudy Van Gelder studios (home of Blue Note in the 1960’s) in November 2002, with the great man engineering the session himself!
(pictures taken in rehearsal and at the studio).

Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Photographs by Len Bryant


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