Today's Comic

Ray Bryant: Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)/You Are Everything (Comp. by Thom Bell & Linda Creed)
From: In The Cut (Cadet (Japan), 1974)

Rooming in off-campus housing while attending Howard University I lived with heterogeneously stratified house mates. One in particular was a parasite from South Carolina. He opened all of his retorts with, “Look, man….”
As usual the “rat” of ‘Pearls Before Swine’ and I are in accord.

Ray Bryant’s In The Cut album is very different from a lot of his other work, especially his late 60s sides for Cadet. This album features string and horn arrangements by Charles Stepney which at times are soulfully trippy yet periodically mellow. The songs are full of a majestically soulful approach that's always made Stepney a distinguished arranger. Ray also plays electric piano, dissimilar from the Fender Rhodes, on a number of songs. The collective tone is harder than his acoustic work, which provides a nice contrast to Stepney's orchestrations. Some of the songs appeal to soundtrack-esque sensibilities, in a style that makes one questions with what talent would Bryant have brought to film scores during this time.

*My review was a Dusty Groove interpolation
*Comp. - composed


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