Fantasy For Two – Ray Bryant & Tina May
Ray Bryant's Cuban Fantasy for vocalists, with both complete vocal track and accompaniment-only (no vocal) tracks!
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- Recording: Tina May & Ray Bryant - The Ray Bryant Songbook
- Recorded on: November 23, 2002
- Label: 33Jazz (150)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: Soprano, F3 to C5
- Style: Latin (Mambo)
- Vocal - Tina May
- Piano - Ray Bryant
- Trumpet - Don Sickler
- Alto Sax - Bobby Porcelli
- Tenor Sax - Patience Higgins
- Baritone Sax - Jay Brandford
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
- Arranger - Don Sickler
"The second difference is the arrangement. Tina wanted to save the classic instrumental introduction (which is also used as the instrumental ending) for the climactic lyric ending for this arrangement (vocalist tutti with the band.) So I created a new introduction for this Ray Bryant Songbook project. Our audio clip starts with the baritone sax and bass pick up to the last two measures of my introduction. However, Tina designed the lyric so the arrangement could begin, like the instrumental recordings, with the final eight measures, if you desire."
For vocalists who would like to sing this with their own groups, instrumental lead sheets in B-flat concert (the original key) are available.
Lyric Description: This is a 32-measure AABA song form, and Tina May describes her ;Fantasy For Two over two choruses: one melody chorus after the introduction, and a final chorus after the solo choruses. Using contemporary phrases and real-life situations ("If ever you're feelin' blue, and life is very hard for you" - "You're like a happy refrain, you're in my heart and in my brain'), Tina's lyric paints a delightful landscape of a happy relationship.
Singers' Corner No-vocal version: Tina May's recording CLIP and our MP3 (without vocal) CLIP2 both have the same eight-measure introduction. After the first chorus of lyric, there are two solo choruses (the second with a horn background) so you can practice vocalizing or scat singing. Then comes the last full lyric chorus, with the classic ending. Click on the Minus You tab for additional information.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
This is the lyric version of Ray Bryant's instrumental Cuban Fantasy, which became a Latin jazz standard after Cal Tjader made his classic recording in 1960 with Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo.
Ray Bryant had been a fan of Tina's singing since they first met in Paris in 1997, and they often talked about performing or recording together. As is often the case, a catalyst was needed to turn that vague desire into a tangible project. In this particular case, the person who made it happen was Don Sickler. Don is a versatile and highly respected figure on the New York jazz scene. He is a great trumpet player but also well known as an arranger, record producer and music publisher. The album is a definitive recording of Ray Bryant's compositions with lyrics sung and mostly written by Tina, with arrangements by Don. The whole album was recorded at the Van Gelder Recording Studio (home of the Blue Note sound) in November 2002, with the great man engineering the session himself!
Hear more of Tina May and Ray Bryant on "The Ray Bryant Songbook."
Both Tina's complete version and the minus you audio track are in B-flat. If you need the audio in a slightly different key, GarageBand, Audacity or other software can often change the pitch without changing the tempo.
If you'd like the lead sheet in a different key, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011
Following performances in his native Philadelphia with guitarist Tiny Grimes and as house pianist at the Blue Note Club with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Miles Davis and others, Ray Bryant came to New York in the mid-1950s. His first jazz recording session in New York was with Toots Thielemans (August, 1955) for Columbia Records. That session led to his own trio sessions as well as sessions with vocalist Betty Carter for Epic Records in May and June ("Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant"). On August 5, 1955, Ray recorded with Miles Davis, and on December 2, 1955, with Sonny Rollins, both for Prestige Records. Read more...
March 30, 1961 – March 26, 2022
Influenced at an early age by her collection of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller records, May has become one of the finest jazz vocalists and lyricists the U.K. has produced. After heading her own Back Door Theatre Company in the early ‘80s, she established herself as a chanteuse in Paris, forming her first quartet in 1989. She has released seven albums under the U.K. record label 33Jazz, becoming a featured soloist in distinguished jazz events and venues including the Duke Ellington mass, London jazz club, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. She frequently appears on BBC radio and television. Read more...