“Ray Brown is my favorite upright bass player. He made this album with the Oscar Peterson Trio, and it’s just one of the best things you could ever hear.
“Inside that trio, Ray has such a voice on the bass. He grooves and swings really hard, using every inch of that instrument and finding so many nuances in each sound. There’s something about how he plays harmonics that really captivates me. Also, he makes all of these little statements – they’re like hooks and sub-hooks all over the record.
“He tickles your fancy and your ear with his humor and, of course, his ridiculous prowess. He’s just the guy for me. I love how he digs in. There’s vitality and taste in everything he does.
“The record is also a good education in learning what to play and how to let the leader of the band shine. Ray and the other guy [Ed Thigpen] do stay out of Oscar’s way, as it should be. Oscar sounds like he’s playing piano from the inside out. His groove is insane, his facility is so great, and he has so much to say. You don’t want to compete with that. Ray strikes a balance and finds the perfect pocket all the time.”