The pianists to whom Ray Bryant pays tribute here are Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, Vince Guaraldi, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Barron, Randy Weston, and Joseph Zawinul. He either plays one of his compositions or a number made famous by one of them. It works well; Bryant doesn’t imitate their styles, but always remains himself. NARAS should award him a Grammy for consistency. He just goes on making good, uncompromised records.
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