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Rusty Bryant

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Caught a Bryant track on the radio today. It was SO good - soulful as heck and really inventive. Sadly, didn't catch the title of the name of the album. Nice guitar solo too, maybe Billy Butler. 

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Soulstation1 beat me to the punch.  Rusty Bryant Returns is one of my favorite soul-jazz albums, with some essential Grant Green and stellar work by the other, lesser-known sidemen.  I was only hipped to it from a local club playing it between sets one night.  Coincidentally, I bought it after seeing Grant Green' s son play the same club.

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Bryant was on tenor on the track I heard, and the time feel wasn't boogaloo-like. I sampled every Bryant track on YouTube, and it wasn't one of those. Though "Lou-Lou" came close, Bryant was a fair bit more jazz-like on the track I heard, almost like Jaws at times.

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Great solo work on the "Fire Eater" album ...

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I found this one in the past year or so, seems like it was fairly obscure at the time (didn't know Phoenix Records put out original legit releases) but it did get reissued by Highnote in the early 2000s.  No organ no boogaloos more straightahead and really quite nice.

 

 

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Rusty Bryant was a baaaaad man.

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He just drips soul. 

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Rusty Bryant is awesome.  Soul LiberationFire Eater!  Oh HELL yes.

 

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Does anyone know in detail why he had such a recording hiatus between his Dot and Prestige periods?

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He was just working locally, in Ohio. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

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23 minutes ago, JSngry said:

He was just working locally, in Ohio. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

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Which he returned to doing in the five years between his last Prestige and the Phoenix recording I referenced above.

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Columbus is the state capitol and all that, but when I started visiting that part of Ohio, I would never have thought to look for somebody like Rusty Bryant up there...Rusty in the Rust Belt, ha, how 'bout that? Not in Orchestraville.

Kudos to Bob Porter for his advocacy of Rusty Bryant.

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Nice work. Not essential but always got the foot tapping 😊

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Bryant did some sideman dates as he "returned" as well as leader dates. Not all of them will appeal to those who don't like indigenous club musics from the period, but apart from that, hey, Rusty Bryant never played less than excellently, regardless of context. And in that context, he played better than most. You either seing or you don't. As they say, it's a poor tradesman that blames his tools.

 

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3 hours ago, JSngry said:

Columbus is the state capitol and all that, but when I started visiting that part of Ohio, I would never have thought to look for somebody like Rusty Bryant up there...Rusty in the Rust Belt, ha, how 'bout that? Not in Orchestraville.

Kudos to Bob Porter for his advocacy of Rusty Bryant.

Eddie Brookshire, the bassist on Bryant's Friday Night Funk for Saturday Night Brothers, still occasionally ventures to Cleveland to play gigs, but I haven't seen him yet.  On a related note, I am about to see a gig with Jim Rupp, of Hank Marr fame, on drums.

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