MAKE YOUR MOVE

(Cellar Music - release date 5/21/21)

Ray Gallon's upcoming trio album features David Wong on bass (Roy Haynes, Heath Brothers, Hank Jones) and Kenny Washington on drums (Ahmad Jamal, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Bill Charlap, Tommy Flanagan). While several of Ray's original compositions have been recorded by jazz luminaries (such as T.S. Monk, the Harper Bros), and he has played on many recordings over the course his forty-year career, (including a Grammy-nominated Lionel Hampton album, and on projects with Ron Carter, Grady Tate, George Adams, The Harper Brothers), this will actually mark Mr. Gallon's debut album as a leader. What you’ll hear on the project is the result of fine-tuning the featured compositions and arrangements on over more than a thousand live gigs in the jazz capital of the world, New York City.

PROJECT BACKGROUND  

Ray met and quickly became friends with Kenny Washington (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Washington_(musician) 35 years ago when he worked at a Manhattan record store. They quickly bonded over our enthusiasm for music and jazz history. David Wong has been one of Ray's first-call bassist for many years. The trio was excited to come together to finally record Ray's original tunes alongside his arrangement of two classic standards. "My originals have been played for many years on the New York City jazz scene and have become something of favorites for the musicians I work with, as well as for local fans in the City. I finally felt the arrangements and the tunes had been perfected, and that they were ready to record and share with the wider world," said Gallon.  

Listeners can anticipate a swingin’, playful jazz album rooted in bebop and the blues with eleven tunes and a running time just under an hour. The arrangements give each of the band members a chance to shine. 

The album was recorded and mixed by award-winning engineer Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording. Michael has recorded for many top jazz pianist artists, (including Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Fred Hersch, Mike Le Donne, Brad Melhdau, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Werner). More info and a client list can be found: https://acousticrecording.net/client-list  

The mastering was done by Grammy-award winning Dave Darlington (renowned for his work with Macy Gray, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bruce Barth, Sting, Chaka Khan, Tom Harrell, Janet Jackson to name but a few). 

Below is a live video of Ray on tour in Vancouver, BC with local Vancouver musicians, Paul Rushka and Jesse Cahill: