Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ray Bryant - Con Alma

The session was produced by John Hammond, but John didn't suggest the repertoire ; everything was picked by me. I never go loking for a tune. First, it's got to grab me, so if I find myself humming a tune it's usually one I feel I can do something with. Different tunes call for different things. "Autumn Leaves" just cried out for an ad lib rubato first chorus and then a little vamp which set the tempo, then into the rhythmic chorus, the melody, and after that, improvisational choruses, then back into the melody. I was on the initial recording of "Con Alma" with Dizzy Gillespie in 1957, I think it was. I just fell in love with its beautiful, haunting melody and this was the first time I recorded it with a trio. I've been playing it on almost every program or concert since I learned it. Everybody loves it. "Cubano Chant" was a little theme that was running through my mind which I would sit down at the piano and play once in a while.I just kept fooling around with it and finally developed it into a real song form. I did not write it as a Latin tune — I was playing it like a gospel chant — when Cal Tjader heard it. He played it a while and suggested that I use a Latin rhythm and call it "Cubano Chant". "Nuts and Bolts" was written more or less the same way : a sequence of chord changes that I finally put into some rhythmic form and made into a tune. I don't know how it came to be a feature for drums, but there were interludes in there and little spaces which just seemed to call for a rhythmic fill. I had forgotten we did "Django" since it wasn't released on the original album and some of the things are a little surprising. That was back in the days when I was practicing every day. I had recorded "Django" for a Prestige album four years earlier, and the tempo is about the same, but I think this is a little more adventurous. I have an entirely different arrangement of "Django" now, but this holds up well. I would play "C Jam Blues" in a slower tempo that I had it that day because I think it swings a little better at a slower tempo... [...] All this gets into what is called style. Style is the soul of Mann.
(From an interview with Ray Bryant, January 1988) Freed Binkley

Ray Bryant
Con Alma

Tracks

1 Con Alma (Gillespie)  6:55
2 Milestones (Davis)  4:10
3 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Williams, Monk)  3:51
4 Django (Lewis)  5:38
5 Nuts and Bolts (Bryant)  3:05
6 Cubano Chant (Bryant)  4:22
7 Ill Wind (Koehler, Arlen)  3:12
8 Autumn Leaves (Mercer, Kosma)  5:22
9 C Jam Blues (Ellington)  4:22

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Personnel
[# 1, 3, 5-9]
Ray Bryant - p
Bill Lee - b
Mickey Roker - dr
Recorded at the Columbia Records 30th Street Studio, New York City ; January 26, 1961
[# 2 & 4]
Same as above, except
Arthur Harper - b, replaces Lee
Recorded same place as above ; November 25, 1960

11 comments:

Albertito Jazz said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon

FrankDell said...

Mucho merci, Mel.

Jazzman77 said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Paco's brother said...

The music goes on, may we have a thousand ears and a thousand years to live for her majesty!
Mille merci.

Philo said...

Very nice! I'm really enjoying the music. Thanks Mel.

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Thank you.

jazzfan1 said...

Could you follow up with the 1956 Ray Bryant Trio, cut for Epic? he was already a contender back then.

Thanks for all your efforts, and happy new year.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !...

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks