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Artist’s Choice: John Clayton on Ray Brown

John Clayton picks 10 favorite tracks by his mentor, the great bassist Ray Brown

John Clayton
Ray Brown

Ray Brown is the reason I play bass. The instrument chose me and I chose Ray Brown. At age 16, I didn’t know much about how awesome he was, but the more I studied him and studied with him, the more I learned what the jazz world already knew: He was a pivotal force in jazz from his bebop days until his death.


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