Friday, August 12, 2016

Ray Crawford - It's About Time/One Step at a Time

When tuberculosis forced Ray Crawford to give up his gig playing tenor sax and clarinet in Fletcher Henderson’s band of the early 1940’s, he decided to switch to guitar. Ray became an important cog in pianist Ahmad Jamal’s early groups and his unique, percussive style was soon appropriated by other guitarists including the great Herb Ellis. Ray went on to record with Gil Evans towards the end of the 1950’s, and after settling in Los Angeles he started to work for the legendary organist Jimmy Smith — an association that would last well into the 1980’s. Ray also was a sought after session man and appeared on other artist’s records including Tom Wait’s 1978 Blue Valentine album. In the 1970’s Ray began billing himself as H. Ray Crawford, and in 1977 & 1978 he recorded two full length solo albums for the tiny Dobro label, which are now considered lost gems among fans of jazz, funk and rare groove...

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Ray Crawford
It's About Time
One Step at a Time


1 It's About Time (Crawford)  5:45
2 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (trad.)  5:56
3 Pick Me Up (par. 1) (Crawford)  5:14
4 Pick Me Up (part. 2) (Crawford)  3:56
5 I'll Close my Eyes (Kaye, Reid)  5:10
6 It Ain't Necessary So (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:27
7 Almost Blue (Crawford)  9:00
8 Song for Cookie (Crawford)  5:23
9 One Step at a Time (Crawford)  7:46
10 But Beautiful (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:01
11 One for the Money (Crawford)  7:16


[# 1-5] Its About Time (Dobre Records - DR 1010)
H. Ray Crawford - g
Ronnell Bright - p & el. p
Herbert Lewis - b
Donald Dean - dr
Recorded at Gold Star Studio, Hollywood, California ; August 16, 1977
[# 6-11] One Step at a Time (Dobre Records - 1021)
Same as above, except
Henry Franklin - b, replaces Lewis
Recorded same place as above ; May 10, 1978


Melanchthon said...

matt said...

Yeah, chill. I dig this. Thanks.

guairao said...

Appreciated, thanks!

musician3 said...

AMAZING........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Rodney said...

Thank you, mel.

deGallo said...

Absolutely marvelous!! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel !

adakun said...

Gracias por la excelente música que nos brindas y por el bien hacer de las cosas.
Saludos Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for this interesting recording!

indigonoir said...

Beautiful! Thank you.

Gil said...

Merci,j'aimais bien ce guitariste avec le groupe d'Amhad Jamal.

Anonymous said...

Any chance of other rare Dobre records, such a Blue Levis, Piano Lesson?

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Kovina Kris said...

Nice. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Johnny said...

The links have expired, can you please re-upload this great album by Ray Crawford? Thank you!