Jimmy Raney

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James Elbert Raney (August 20, 1927 – May 9, 1995) was an American jazz guitarist born in Louisville, Kentucky, most notable for his work from 1951 to 1952 and then from 1953 to 1954 with the Red Norvo trio (replacing Tal Farlow) and later, 1962 to 1963, with Stan Getz just as the Bossa Nova breaks out of Brazil. In 1954 and 1955 he won the Down Beat critics poll for guitar. 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. He resurfaced in the 1970s and also did work with his son Doug, who was also a guitarist.

Raney suffered for thirty years from Ménière's disease, a degenerative condition that eventually led to near complete 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".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 In Three Attitudes Jimmy Raney 1
1969 Strings & Swings Jimmy Raney 1
1976 The Influence Jimmy Raney 1
1980 Duets Jimmy Raney & Doug Raney 1
1980 Here's That Raney Day Jimmy Raney 1
1981 The Date Jimmy Raney/Martial Solal 1
1989 Stolen Moments Jimmy Raney & Doug Raney 1
1996 Two Guitars Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Raney 1
1996 Visits Paris, Volume 2 Jimmy Raney 1
1999 A Jimmy Raney 2
2003 Complete Studio Sessions Stan Getz & Jimmy Raney 1
2006 Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer Jimmy Raney 1
2009 Two Jims & Zoot Jimmy Raney 2
2010 Freedom Jazz Dance Al Haig & Jimmy Raney 1
Raney '81 Jimmy Raney 1
Together Jimmy Raney and Sonny Clark 1
Visits Paris, Volume I Jimmy Raney 1
Wisteria Jimmy Raney 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Woody Herman's Cool Guitar Player Jimmy Raney 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Jimmy Raney in Paris Jimmy Raney, Stan Getz & Bob Brookmeyer 1
In Tokyo Jimmy Raney 1
Live In Tokyo Jimmy Raney 1

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