Monday, April 10, 2017

Jimmy Raney - But Beautiful

Guitarist Jimmy Raney's final recording as a leader is a mellow affair, covering a number of favorite ballads. Joined by bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash (who frequently plays brushes), both of whom were members of Tommy Flanagan's trio at the time, Raney's interpretations are lyrical and intricate, developing long lines and inspiring great interplay among the musicians. Obvious highlights include "Someone to Watch over Me" (which begins with a dazzling unaccompanied introduction) and the brisk rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight." The guitarist's composition "Elegy for Ray Parker," a mellow ballad, serves as a memorial to a painter friend, while "Blues Cycle" was evidently conceived with Mraz during the date and serves as a perfect close to Jimmy Raney's distinguished career.
Ken Dryden

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Jimmy Raney
But Beautiful


1 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  5:08
2 But Beautiful (Burke, Van Heusen)  7:13
3 Indian Summer (Dubin, Herbert)  5:26
4 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:44
5 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  6:38
6 Elegy for Ray Parker (Raney)  8:05
7 He Loves and She Loves (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:27
8 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  6:51
9 Long Ago (And Far Away) [take 2] (Gershwin, Kern)  5:21
10 Blues Cycle (Mraz, Raney)  6:57


Jimmy Raney - g
George Mraz - b
Lewis Nash - dr

Recorded at Manhattan Recording Studio, New York City ; December 5, 1990


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Always room for another Raney opus. Thank you very much Mel!

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks so much!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel for Jimmy's last album.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!

Jazz Padd said...

Superb, thank you!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel!

HEXIS said...

Fantastic!! Thank you very much Melanchthon

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, goes like hot butter through a knife, and all the other way around -:) ! Thanks, MM!

nikos said...

Was missing this, many thanks!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !