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Artist: Ray Brown w/Milt Jackson, Diana Krall & Dee Dee Bridgewater
Performance date: November 20, 1998
Publication: New York Post

New York Post; New York; Nov 20, 1998; Chip Deffaa;

Copyright New York Post Corporation Nov 20, 1998

THE strengths for which 72-year-old bassist Ray Brown is world- renowned - beauty of sound, tastefulness and generosity toward others on the bandstand - remain intact.

The Blue Note currently has Brown sharing the stage with a changing array of artists, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, through Sunday; Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson, Tuesday through Thursday; followed by Diana Krall, Nov. 27-29.

On Wednesday, Bridgewater shined brightest on uptempo numbers, scatting with great elan, sass and originality. Of her ballads, I liked her most when she sang simply and directly, as in "Dear Ella." I didn't see the point to her occasional affectations of an excessively coy, over-the-top sexy voice, in the Marilyn Monroe tradition.

Geoff Keezer repeatedly enlivened proceedings on piano, whether adding a grace-filled, sensitive yet sprightly little cluster of notes to her featured numbers, or appropriately impish passages in a tribute to Thelonius Monk.


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