Ray had so much love of life and the music. He had so much integrity. He treated the music with so much dignity and respect. I spent four and a half years as a sideman with Ray Brown’s trio. Music was his life more so than anyone I could mention.
We have fun we listen to one another we challenge one another we trust one another. We’re doing what we enjoy and we’re not just playing for each other we’re playing for the people.
Any time I need to get a serious attitude adjustment I put on one of their records and there are examples there for all time to keep us honest and keep us reaching they’ll never be eclipsed.
I’m glad you asked that question because of any musical situation I’ve been in the communication feels great here with Russell. He really pays close attention to what I’m doing because he cares.