17 January 2007
RAY BRYANT - IN THE CUT
Ray Bryant joins forces with Charles Stepney for this 1974 release from Cadet Records.Ray plays both electric and acoustic piano and Charles plays moog and handles the string and horn arrangements.There's a big sound on this produced by a large ensemble including Ron Carter,Stanley Clarke,Montego Joe,Jimmy Ponder,John Tropea and Jimmy Johnson among others.Ray knocks out a couple of blinding tunes "Cool Struttin"and "In the Cut" while Esmonde Edwards contributes "Andalusian Nights" and handles production duties.The rest of the lp is made up of covers with a great latin hooked "Land of Make Believe" a thumping "Watermelon Man" and a couple of warmed over soul tunes I'll let you discover for yourself !
Here's a review from Dusty Groove who had it in stock as a pricey Japanese cd issue:
A wild one from Ray Bryant -very different than a lot of his other work, especially his late 60s sides for Cadet! This album features string and horn arrangements by Charles Stepney -very tripped out and soulful , mellow at times, but with that majestically soulful approach that's always made Stepney one of our favorite arrangers ever. Ray also plays electric piano on a number of cuts -not really Fender Rhodes, but still with that harder tone of his acoustic work, which provides a nice contrast to Stepney's orchestrations. Some tracks have a really great feel almost soundtracky, in a style that makes us wish that Bryant had gotten the chance to score some films during the time.
This recently made a cd reissue in Japan-This post is ripped from the original vinyl at 320.