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Ray Brown On Piano Jazz

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Ray Brown with Marian McPartland. (SCETV)

Bass player Ray Brown (1926–2002) moved to New York in 1945 and immediately became part of the jazz scene. He worked extensively with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Jimmy Rowles and Ella Fitzgerald (to whom he was married). Brown was one of the leading bassists in the bop style and was known for his precise playing and the beauty of his tone.

In this 1996 Piano Jazz session, Brown and host Marian McPartland play "Embraceable You" and "Like Someone In Love" — and improvise some easygoing blues.

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1996.

Set List

  • "What Am I Here For" (Ellington, Kennedy)
  • "Love You Madly" (Ellington)
  • "My Foolish Heart" (Young, Washington)
  • "Like Someone In Love" (Burke, Van Heusen)
  • "I'm a Fool to Want You" (Herron, Wolf, Sinatra)
  • "Lady Be Good" (Gershwin, Gershwin)
  • "Embraceable You" (Gershwin, Gershwin)
  • "One Morning in May" (Parish, Carmichael)
  • "Blues" (Brown, McPartland)
  • "Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home" (Pettiford)

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