Jimmy Raney

Jimmy Raney

born on 20/8/1927 in Louisville, KY, United States

died on 10/5/1995 in Louisville, KY, United States

Jimmy Raney

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James Elbert Raney (August 20, 1927 – May 9, 1995) was an American jazz guitarist born in Louisville, Kentucky,[1] most notable for his work from 1951 to 1952 and then from 1953 to 1954 with the Red Norvo trio (replacing Tal Farlow) and, during the same time period, with Stan Getz. In 1954 and 1955 he won the Down Beat Critics' Poll for guitar.[2] Raney worked in a variety of jazz mediums, including cool jazz, bebop, post bop, hard bop, and mainstream jazz.

In 1946 he worked for a time as guitarist with the Max Miller Quartet at Elmer's in Chicago, his first paying gig. Raney also worked in the Artie Shaw Orchestra and collaborated with Woody Herman for nine months in 1948. He also collaborated and recorded with Buddy DeFranco, Al Haig and later on with Bob Brookmeyer. In 1967 alcoholism and other professional difficulties led him to leave New York City and return to his native Louisville.[3] He resurfaced in the 1970s and also did work with his son Doug, who was also a guitarist.[4]

Raney suffered for thirty years from Ménière's disease, a degenerative condition that led to near deafness in both ears, although this did not stop him from playing. He died of heart failure in Louisville on May 10, 1995. His obituary in the New York Times called him "one of the most gifted and influential postwar jazz guitarists in the world".[5]


As leader/co-leader

  • 1953: Jimmy Raney Plays (Prestige)
  • 1954: Jimmy Raney and Sonny Clark Together! (Xanadu) with Red Mitchell and Bobby White
  • 1954 Minor, Back and Blow
  • 1954 Five
  • 1954: Visits Paris Vol. 1 (Vogue) released in 1996
  • 1954–55: A (Prestige) released 1957
  • 1956 Indian Summer
  • 1956 Jimmy Raney in Three Attitudes (ABC-Paramount) with Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn and Red Mitchell
  • 1956 Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer (ABC-Paramount) with Bob Brookmeyer
  • 1957 2 Guitars (Prestige) with Kenny Burrell
  • 1957 The Street Swingers (World Pacific) with Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Hall
  • 1964 Two Jims and Zoot (Mainstream) with Zoot Sims and Jim Hall
  • 1957–69 Strings and Swings (Muse) released 1972
  • 1974 Raney Haig Special Brew with Al Haig
  • 1974 Momentum (Pausa) with Richard Davis, Alan Dawson
  • 1975 The Influence (Xanadu)
  • 1976 Live in Tokyo (Xanadu)
  • 1976 Solo (Xanadu)
  • 1976 Jim and I with Attila Zoller
  • 1976 The Complete Jimmy Raney in Tokyo (Xanadu) with Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, Sam Jones
  • 1979 Stolen Moments (Steeplechase) with Doug Raney
  • 1979 Duets (Steeplechase) with Doug Raney
  • 1980 Here's That Raney Day (Ahead)
  • 1981 Raney '81 (Criss Cross) Quartet featuring Doug Raney
  • 1983 The Master (Criss Cross) Quartet featuring Kirk Lightsey
  • 1983 Nardis (Steeplechase) with Doug Raney
  • 1985 Wisteria (Criss Cross) Trio with Tommy Flanagan
  • 1985 In Good Company (Criss Cross) with Ted Brown
  • 1990 But Beautiful (Criss Cross) with George Mraz, Lewis Nash

As sideman

With Manny Albam

  • 1959 Something New, Something Blue
  • 1962 Jazz Goes to the Movies (Impulse!)

With Bob Brookmeyer

  • 1955 The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (Prestige)
  • 1958 Street Swingers
  • 1962 Trombone Jazz Samba (Verve)
  • 1963 Samba Para Dos (Verve)
  • 1964 Revelation

With Teddy Charles

  • 1951 New Directions (OJC, 1951–53)
  • 1952 Collaboration West (Prestige)
  • 1956 The Teddy Charles Tentet
  • 1956 Word from Bird (Atlantic)
  • 1959 On Campus!

With Stan Getz

  • 1950 The Complete Roost Recordings (Roost, 1950–54)
  • 1951 At Storyville (Blue Note)
  • 1952 Stan Getz Plays (Norgran)
  • 1955 West Coast Jazz
  • 1956 The Sound
  • 1967 Getz Plays Jazz Classics
  • 1967 Prezervation

With Dave Pike

  • 1962 Limbo Carnival (New Jazz)
  • 1962 Dave Pike Plays the Jazz Version of Oliver! (Moodsville)

With others

See also

  • List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area


  1. ^ Kernfield, Barry (Ed.): The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. London Macmillan. 2nd ed. 2002, Vol. 3 p. 357
  2. ^ Down Beat Critics Poll Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Classic Jazz guitar Archived October 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ All Music
  5. ^ NY Times

External links

  • Jimmy Raney discography at Discogs
  • Jimmy Raney at AllMusic
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