Order # ACD 1004

Track list:
1. Comiskey Blues
2. County Jail Blues
3. Hull House
4. Bluebird Blues
5. Riverside Blues
6. Midnight Hour Blues
7. Neighborhood Stomp
8. George Zack Blues
9. My Daddy Rocks Me
10. Barrelhouse Blues
11. On the Wall
12. Blues for Celeste Holm
13. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues
14. Fan It
15. Shoeshiner's Drag
16. The Alligator Pond Went Dry
17. Take Your Burden to the Lord
18. Cathedral Blues
19. You've Got to Give Me Some
20. The Mooche
21. Gray Blues

Total time:


4:48
2:56
5:00
3:05
3:27
4:56
3:18
4:22
3:12
3:08
3:24
2:12
2:45
2:59
4:02
2:45
3:06
3:34
3:38
4:13
3:40

75:56
 
 

Ray gives us the blues like a steady rollin' man. He is well known in the Bay Area as a traditional jazz player with a strong blues background. "I don't draw a line between blues and jazz, but I know the line is sometimes real." Back when Ray was learning to play the piano from Johnny Witwer, he was introduced to the blues of Leroy Carr and Big Maceo. The blues have been a part of his repetoire and style ever since.

This CD of piano instrumentals includes tunes by Ray, or by or reminiscent of: Jimmy Yancy, Big Maceo, Art Hodes, Jimmy Rogers, Leroy Carr, George Zack, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Jelly Roll Morton, Tiny Parham and Washington Phillips. This recording was made in August, 2002, in Kearny Barton's studio, Audio Recording, on a Grotrian-Steinweg piano.

"While hardly a household name, his piano work manages the driving bass lines, plus the grit and grind necessary. Superb sound throughout."—Roots & Rhythm website.

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