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Tim Ray:
Ideas & Opinions
IDEAS & OPINIONS coverTim Ray may have waited a long time to make his recording debut as a leader, but he has not waited idly.  The pianist has been extremely visible while in the service of others, frequently traveling throughout the world as a pianist for such luminaries as Lyle Lovett, Victoria Williams, Soul Asylum, Jane Siberry, Gary Burton and Orange Then Blue, among others.

The ten performances on this disc capture a pianist who is both a perfectionist and an explorer, with an enormous sound and razor-sharp articulation of each idea.  Ray is never predictable.  Rather than settle for familiar strategies, he works his way into corners and back out again.  With the help of inspired and responsive partners Lewis Nash (the consummate drummer in Tommy Flanagan’s unit) and bassist Rufus Reid, he expands the certainty of his own spontaneous creations onto a large ensemble canvas.  The resulting musical telepathy and interplay make for some of the most exciting jazz heard in a long time.  Sideman no more — Tim Ray’s time has come.

Long out of print, now available for downloads on iTunes

(also on Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic and other digital sites)

   
PERFORMERS
Tim Ray, piano, keyboard (on #10)Rufus Reid, bassLewis Nash, drumsRob Reale, guitar (#10)John Lockwood, bass (#10)Jim Gwin, drum (#10)
PROGRAM
1. Flypaper - David Clark (arr. Tim Ray) 4:15
2. Five - Bill Evans 6:26
3. Why? 4:07
4. From “Gnu Suite” - Kenny Wheeler 5:11
5. Grover’s Blue 7:30
6. Eventually 6:51
7. Evidence - Thelonious Monk 5:10
8. Watch What Happens - Michel Legrand (arr. Tim Ray) 6:50
9. Know That You Are 5:22
10. Pokey’s Favorite Stream/What a Friend We Have in Jesse 6:55
All compositions by Tim Ray, except where noted.
  
Recorded at The Studio in New York City, except #10 in Studio A at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  
Executive Producer: Gunther Schuller
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