Hollistic MusicWorks is proud to announce the release of this new recording, the first by the legendary drummer for the label and HMW’s first by an outside artist. Read on… Brian
Legendary drummer “Killer” Ray Appleton revisits the fertile Indianapolis music scene of his youth for his new recording “Naptown Legacy” on Hollistic MusicWorks. Tunes by eminent Indianpolitans Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery and his brother Buddy (all of whom Ray was a drummer of choice for), J.J. Johnson and organist Melvin Rhyne are the frames for spirited, concise blowing by an all star cast of Ray’s friends including Grammy© award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and alto sax ace Ian Hendrickson-Smith. Equally adept are talented pianist Rick Germanson, tenor saxist Todd Herbert (formerly Freddie Hubbard’s sax man), bassist Robert Sabin, and percussionist Little Johnny Rivero, who helps Killer keep the groove on numbers like Hubbard’s boogaloo Backlash (where Appleton reprises his role on Hubbard’s original 1967 recording) and Rhyne’s Latin Bamboo. But it’s Killer Ray’s peerless ride cymbal beat, driving and illuminating, that shows, on numbers like J.J Johnson’s Fatback and Wes Montgomery’s Twisted Blues, why he’s considered by connoisseurs as one of the last of the truly swinging drummers of modern jazz’s classic era.
1. So Do It (Wes Montgomery) 6:03
2. Backlash (Freddie Hubbard) 4:53
3. Out Of This World (Mercer/Arlen, arr. Buddy Montgomery) 6:48
4. Flamingo (Grouya, arr. Brian Lynch) 4:34
5. Luana (Freddie Hubbard) 6:35
6. Fatback (J.J. Johnson) 6:03
7. Quiet Thing (Wes Montgomery) Peter Bernstein, solo guitar 3:38
8. Yellow Bird (N. Luboff, arr. Lynch) 4:42
9. Twisted Blues (Wes Montgomery) 4:06
10. Maybe September (Evans/Faith/Livingston) 3:47
Personnel: Killer Ray Appleton, drums; Brian Lynch, trumpet; Peter Bernstein, guitar (#7, 9); Ian Hendrickson-Smith, alto sax; Todd Herbert, tenor sax; Rick Germanson, piano; Robert Sabin, bass.
ADD DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2013 STREET DATE: MARCH 4, 2013
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