Next week I'll be heading to the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis to check out the Ray Brown trio. I've seen various incarnations of his trio numerous times, and it always amazes me how tight his groups always are. Years ago, I saw him with the Gene Harris/Jeff Hamilton trio, and they blew me away. Later, I caught him with Jeff Keyser and some drummer who looked to be about 12, and they were fantastic. At that last show, they played a medium/up tune that got kind of "out there" (for Ray), after which he wiped his forehead with a handkerchief and announced, "Man, I'm getting too OLD to keep up with these young guys..."...at which point, he took a deep breath, and then launched into an amazing version of CHEROKEE at about Q=320. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of positive FEELGOOD energy this guy has on stage, especially considering his age. Astounding. Anybody got any good Ray stories to share?