Fire & Rain Tim Ray Trio
- 2Stolen Moments06:13
- 3NO Worries05:20
- 4The Meeting: The Jbug and the Kman04:23
- 6Theodore the Thumper05:02
- 7Fire and Rain09:09
- 9Moon in the Sea08:27
- 10Improv #1 (for Chick)03:55
- 12The Windup05:53
- 13Fire and Rain (radio edit)04:51
Info for Fire & Rain
Tim Ray's new release Fire & Rain features his jazz piano trio with John Lockwood on bass and Mark Walker on drums. The ensemble showcases their harmonically rich and balanced sound, playing uncommon yet effective choices such as Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Mojave," as well as newer material including three original pieces and the collective "Improv #1 (for Chick)." This collection pays tribute to Ray's heroes, including Monk's "Bye-Ya" and Jarrett's "The Windup," while also featuring works by overlooked composers such as Carla Bley and Dave McKenna. The album includes a track from the singer-songwriter genre, James Taylor's iconic "Fire and Rain," which builds to an inexorable group climax. Also in the collection, is a family portrait piece, "The Meeting," alternatively titled "The Jbug and the Kman" and a groovy track called "NO Worries," which has a hint of electric keyboard and New Orleans-style rhythm. Despite the varying moods and themes, the trio's level of creativity never falters, making Fire & Rain "some of the most inspired trio music of what we might call the surround-Covid era."
Tim Ray, piano, keyboards
John Lockwood, double bass, electric bass
Mark Walker, drums, percussion
Tim’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. He is perhaps best known as Tony Bennett’s most recent pianist and musical director, appearing in concerts with him until his retirement from singing in 2020. Featured on over 100 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Terri Lyne Carrington, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid; and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Austin City Limits” and various other national TV and radio broadcasts. His most recent CD as a leader is “Excursions & Adventures”, featuring drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist John Patitucci. He released his first CD as a leader in 1997 - Ideas & Opinions - on Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings label, which included drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Rufus Reid. His second self-led CD was released in 2003 - Tre Corda - and includes Greg Hopkins on trumpet and Eugene Friesen on cello. This “chamber jazz” trio released their next recording in 2013 - Squeaky Toy - which features original compositions and music by Bela Bartok. Tim also has a solo piano CD: On My Own, vol. 1 – New Works, a collection of original compositions and improvisations, and another jazz trio release for the Whaling City Sounds label, entitled Windows. A sought-after arranger and composer, Tim has penned numerous original works for his trio Tre Corda, for solo piano, big band, string orchestra, and an extensive body of writing for jazz trio and quartet. He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a professor on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim was previously on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, has lectured and taught improvisation at Harvard University and MIT, and also conducts workshops and clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.
This album contains no booklet.