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Ray Drummond: 1.2.3.4

As suggested by his now 8-strong bandleading discography and concert sightings like the Monterey Jazz Festival last September, while he graces many a bandstand with his potent bass, when it comes time to don the bandleader’s mantle, Ray Drummond is about more than good swinging. An affable, gentle giant of a man affectionately known as the Bulldog, Drummond has become one of the more formidable bassists in the music. His deep, rich tone, and in-your-face bass attack is as sturdy as the proverbial oak tree, and as reliably swinging as they come.

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