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The Great Ray Charles [Remaster]


  • 1. Ray
    2. My Melancholy Baby
    3. Black Coffee
    4. There's No You
    5. Doodlin'
    6. Sweet Sixteen Bars
    7. I Surrender Dear
    8. Undecided
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8122737612

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Ray Charles (piano, celeste); David "Fathead" Newman (saxophone); Emmott Dennis (baritone saxophone); Joseph Bridgewater, John Hunt (trumpet); Roosevelt Sheffield, Oscar Pettiford (bass); William Peeples, Joe Harris (drums).
    Producers: Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler.
    Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on April 30, 1956 and Capitol Studios, New York, New York on November 20, 1956. Includes original release liner notes by Gary Kramer and Leonard Feather.
    Charles' first 2 jazz sessions complete in chronological order. THE GREAT RAY CHARLES was originally released on Atlantic (1259) in 1958. THE GENIUS AFTER HOURS was originally released on Atlantic Jazzlore (0464) in August 1961.
    THE GREAT RAY CHARLES features eight tracks of jazz recorded by American jazz and soul legend Ray Charles that features the tracks "Ray," My Melancholy Baby," and "Undecided" as well as arrangements by Quincy Jones.
    It's hard to go wrong with a Ray Charles album. However, fans of the man's beautifully expressive, bluesy voice may be in for a surprise with THE GREAT RAY CHARLES. An anomaly in the artist's huge discography, this disc is wholly instrumental, focusing on Charles' outstanding, jazz-influenced piano playing. The set is a mixture of standards ("The Man I Love," "Ain't Misbehavin'"), contemporary pieces (Horace Silver's "Doodlin'," Quincy Jones' "The Ray"), and several of Charles' own fine compositions.
    The absence of this entertainment legend's pipes allows the listener to fully concentrate on Charles' skill as an ivory-tickler. The musician cites both Bud Powell and Nat Cole as influences, and his style hangs beautifully in the balance between technical proficiency and a clean, emotional approach. Backed by a spare combo, this is perfect dinnertime music. A quiet but swinging album, THE GREAT RAY CHARLES only adds to the multi-talented genius' deservedly huge reputation.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/93, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[THE GREAT RAY CHARLES is] jazzy instrumentals, late night romantic ballads or gorgeous rearrangements of old classics...[and] established Charles as much more than an R&B hitmaker..."
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