Ray Brown – Jazz Legend
Ray Brown – Jazz Legend, Capital Records, Studio A, Hollywood, CA, USA
This photo of Ray Brown was taken on March 12, 2002 at Capitol Records, Studio A in Hollywood during a session for pianist, Shota Osabe. I have been told that this may have been his last recording session before his passing later that year.
Mr. Brown was not in the best mood after being told that he would playing in a booth. The drummer, Harold Jones, would be in another booth and Shota Osabe would be at the grand piano out on the floor of Studio A. You can’t blame Ray for acting that way. Jazz is a language and in order to converse, you need to all be in the same room. That’s the way it was done back in the day.
After much cajoling, he entered the booth slamming the door behind him so I wouldn’t be able to take pictures. There was a brief conversation over the headphones, the music began and a big smile started to spread across Ray’s face indicating he approved the groove. All I had to do was kick back, listen to the music and wait for it to get too hot in the booth to have the door closed (I know this from doing sessions myself). It eventually opened, Ray still smiling, and I got the above shot. Thanks Ray!