Larry McRae
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Bassist born in Philly. I had the honor of studying with Bassists Tyrone Brown and Jimmy Merritt. Me and my friend Jamaladeen Tacumba used to hang and shed together on a regular basis. I also spent a lot of time playing with pianist Sumi Tonooka. By 14 I was playing bass for the late Rev. James Cleveland. At 17 I moved to New York after getting the gig with drummer Norman Connors. Since then I have had the privilege of working with Noel Pointer, Roberta Flack, Ornette Coleman (along with Jamaladeen Tacumba and AL McDowell in Primetime), Dr. Yosef Lateef, Sadao Watanabe, Marvin Hamlisch, George Benson, Paul Butterfield, Freddie Jackson, Angie Bofill, Peabo Bryson, Change, Ben E. King, Cornell Dupree, Phylis Hyman, Jean Carne and many many more. I am grateful to be able to do what we do and really appreciate those that play so passionately. To those that I know, thank you for being my friend. To those that I will meet, I look forward to getting to know you.
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At 7:36am on July 27, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi Larry! Finally..check out my new cd:
Have fun!
At 5:18pm on April 8, 2009, vernal archie said…
hi larry the tracks are very nice and fullfilling hope to here more and maybe collaberate.

peace: and god bless
At 12:24pm on August 28, 2008, Petra Caramela said…
Hi Larry..just stopping by to listen to your cool wibes! Hope summer has been good to you, P
At 12:16am on August 14, 2008, Joey Pegram said…
Hi Larry, It has been a minute. I will call you soon. Let's make some noize!
At 10:48pm on July 27, 2008, Jaijai Jackson said…
I know Lar....its devastating to even think of his passing, it was too soon...

Got your message give me a few days to get wit' 'cha I'm in the process of moving...

Best love,
At 2:20pm on June 2, 2008, dNessa said…
Hi Larry... enjoyed the photos and music!
When U have time please check me out...
At 5:41pm on May 21, 2008, Philip Woo said…
Hey,Larry .

Long time no see ! Wow , nice photo album.Brings back a lot of memories. I have some of those same Coltrane snapshots,but it looks like you received the whole set!

God Bless Noel...and Carter Jefferson...Kenny Kirkland,and all of our brothers in the next world.Wow look at Billy Johnson. He was just here a couple weeks ago.You can see his pic posted on my page.

Anyway , keep in touch.

At 5:15pm on April 29, 2008, Matt Cusson said…
thanks larry! and likewise, great stuff, thanks for the music : )
At 5:26pm on April 23, 2008, MICHAEL TISDALE said…
Hello Larry !
Thanks For Coming Through, I Love Your Pocket Playing Over Here ! I'm Boosting Myself Up Again To Get Back Out There Playing, Sometimes The Local Music Scene Can Kill One's Drive With The Clickish Things They Do If They Don't Know You. But I'm Learning Something New Everyday ! I Hope To do Work With You Someday In The Future Godwilling .
Welcome & Stop By Anytime My Brother ! .....*TiZ*
At 8:00am on April 10, 2008, John Sussewell said…
Wow Larry... you're right: it has been a long time. Fill me in man: did we ever work together when in NYC back in the 70s? In the meantime, I'm trying to configure my page here on the network. It's fun!

















Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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