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Ray Brown Trio: Live at Starbucks

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Live at Starbucks took place in Seattle in 1999, when pianist Geoff Keezer and drummer Karriem Riggins backed bassist Ray Brown. An unusual thing happened during that coffee klatch: another master class, aside from the one Brown gives, developed with Keezer. It begins with the muscular tremolos that end the first chorus of the second song, “When I Fall in Love,” and builds to the very end. At no time does Keezer get in the way of Brown; his comping always is respectful of the leader’s solo brilliance. But in his own solo excursions, Keezer displays overwhelming technique and he often outshines that of his mentor, Oscar Peterson-no easy task.

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