So I get hooked on hearing Ray Brown and find a couple of Andre Previn jazz recordings with Ray Brown (and no drummer!). What better way to get acquainted with Ray on record, right? Andre is awesome, and when he doubles his lines in his solos it sounds so exciting. Ray Brown is all over the bass and never lets up providing fills and little ornaments. On one of the recordings is Joe Pass, and he compliments Andre's lines often to great effect. But I can't stop hearing Ray always seeming to be tugging at everyone to go faster...he's always rushing the beat, not only during the "fill" moments but as he walks too. He doesn't blend in at all to me, but instead constantly going past the other guys as if he's in a race and has to be the first across the finish line. Otherwise, his sound is fantastic and he is a great bassist. Is this just my not really understanding what I'm hearing, my not hearing what is really there, or does our local library only see fit to give our community a taste of Ray's playing when he wants to get through the gig as fast as possible?