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„Killer“ Ray Appleton 1941-2015


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Sad news. His Sharp Nine CD is quite nice, as is Naptown Legacy which I believe features Brian Lynch.  And I've got a couple of Small's performances with groups similar to what Joel saw in East Harlem, streamed and converted to CDR.  I'll definitely be giving those a listen soon.  RIP.

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Oh shit. Very sorry to hear this. 

Ray recommended me to Slide Hampton, with whom we did several gigs together over the years starting in 1983. We also did a week at Sweet Basil with Buddy Montgomery on vibes.

Ray had a longstanding relationship with both Buddy and Slide, and of course Freddie Hubbard - all Naptown guys. He had a serious no-nonsense beat - like right up your ass.

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Sorry to hear that Ray has died. I agree with Dan's comment about the Sharp 9 and Naptown Legacy CDs. Another one I have with him as leader is" Latin Dreams" on the Lineage label. Ray also does a good job as a sideman on Mel Rhyne's "Front and Center"on Steeplechase, and Rhyne's "Remembering Wes" on Savant.

 

R.I.P.

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