Listening Booth – Ray Bryant, “Up Above the Rock”

I discovered this vintage tune quite by jazz pianist Ray Bryant quite by chance recently, when it came up on a random playlist.  Actually I should say that a remix of the song, by Irish DJ David Holmes, came up on a random playlist.  You won’t find too many jazz songs that start with a drum break, but then this is probably one of the better jazz/soul hybrids I’ve heard in some time.  Joining Bryant are Grady Tate (drums), Ron Carter (bass), and the horn section of Dobbie Hiques and Snookie Young.

Enjoy “Up Above the Rock” by Ray Bryant, the lead track from the 1968 album of the same name.