I Don't Care – Ray Bryant
A minor blues with a melody that always stays in motion, I Don't Care will make an impressive addition to your blues repertoire.
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- Recording: Cannonball Adderley - In The Land Of Hi-Fi
- Recorded on: June 18, 1956
- Label: EmArcy (MG36099)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Cornet - Nat Adderley
- Trumpet - Ernie Royal
- Trombone - Bobby Byrne & Jimmy Cleveland
- Alto Sax - Cannonball Adderley
- Tenor Sax & Flute - Jerome Richardson
- Baritone Sax - Danny Bank
- Piano - Junior Mance
- Bass - Keter Betts
- Drums - Charles "Specs" Wright
- Arranger - Ernie Wilkins
This composition has also been recorded with lyrics by Tina May and is titled Talk To Me (see Historical Notes). In Tina's version, the melody is played up an octave starting at the second beat of measure six, like Ray's own recording. Ray plays piano on Tina's album.
Vocalist Tina May wanted to create a lyric for this surprisingly challenging melody, which oscillates between a laid back and a fast-moving structure. Ray loved her lyrics, and Tina sang it on the "Ray Bryant Songbook" which she and Ray recorded in 2002. They recorded the composition in Tina's key of G minor. The lyric version is titled Talk To Me and is also available on jazzleadsheets.com with an accompaniment only version..
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...