Ray Alexander

Vigorous Vibes

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Although he has never become well-known (despite playing for a period with George Shearing and being active as a musician for many years), Ray Alexander shows on this swinging album that he is one of the top vibraphonists in jazz. Alexander's style, which falls between Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, is heard at its best on such standards as "Sunday," "I Want to Be Happy," "Hi-Fly," "Samba de Orfeu," and "Secret Love." He is joined by a fine rhythm section from New England comprised of pianist Mac Chrupcala, bassist Marshall Wood, and drummer John Anter. This set is quite enjoyable and deserving of several listens, but why isn't Ray Alexander famous?

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