Tim Ray Trio’s new recording - WINDOWS
Check out Tim Ray’s first jazz trio recording on the Whaling City Sound label, featuring bassist John Lockwood and drummer Mark Walker. This trio has performed and recorded together for many years in the New England area, often times backing up saxophonists Phil Woods and Greg Abate. But this new disc demonstrates the high level of artistry and musical interaction that they can achieve when left to their own devices.
These tracks are primarily a collection of trio music composed and performed by some of the greats in piano jazz. Well-known songs penned by Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver highlight this disc. But Tim’s innovative arrangements of Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, Monk’s “Monk’s Dream” and Chick Corea’s “Windows” showcase this trio’s strengths and abilities to the fullest. Other highlights include Tim’s originals “DE-Train” and “Joy”, Lockwood’s composition “12 by 7” and fun arrangements of the standard “Star Eyes” and Lyle Lovett’s “I’ve Been to Memphis”.
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Official Press Release: Tim Ray Trio - WINDOWS, PDF Press Release, and Video
The formation of a Tim Ray trio, like the arrival of a new Tim Ray trio album, has been long overdue. With a pair of most compatible partners, Ray has fashioned a unit and a program that is full of deep melody, spry rhythms and subtle surprises. It delivers what is to be expected when windows are open – a breath of fresh musical air. - Bob Blumenthal
Chick Corea, Duke Ellington and Horace Silver are but a handful of the geniuses that pianist Tim Ray (Lyle Lovett, Gary Burton) pays loving tribute to on Windows, a marvelous collection of trio music featuring John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums). And the list goes on: Monk, Jarrett, Hancock … Ray is clearly beholden to his heroes, but also brave enough to step outside the homage to make his own way, as evidenced by a couple of wonderful originals he includes here. Ray handles all the arrangements, and all are beautifully improvised and artfully interplayed, as you would expect from such a talented bunch. Ray, Lockwood, and Walker have logged some miles together, not to mention ample studio sessions. A tip of the fedora to these inimitable artists, Windows is a fitting tribute to transcendent, piano-forged material. Ray knows the way well enough to drive around a bit, test the roads, and open it up on a straightaway. All we can do now is enjoy the ride. - Bob Gulla