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Blue Note Plays Ray Charles [Remaster]

  • 1. That's Where It's At - Lou Rawls/Ray Charles
    2. I Got a Woman - Jimmy McGriff
    3. What Would I Do Without You - Stanley Turrentine
    4. This Little Girl of Mine - Grant Green
    5. Ain't That Love - Jimmy Smith/Bill Henderson
    6. (Night Time Is) The Right Time - Freddie Roach
    7. Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Joe Williams/Mel Lewis Orchestra/Thad Jones
    8. Drown in My Own Tears - The 3 Sounds
    9. Hide nor Hair - Lou Rawls
    10. I Can't Stop Loving You - Grant Green
    11. I'm Movin' On - Jimmy Smith
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60945

  • Credits
    ProducerAlfred Lion; Michael Cuscuna; Billy Vera; Richard Bock; Sonny Lester; Alfred Lion; Michael Cuscuna; Billy Vera; Richard Boch; Michael Cuscuna (Compilation)

    Personnel: Morris Dow, Morris Dow (guitar); Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, horns); Howard Johnson , Jack Walrath, Seldon Powell, Steve Turre, Tim Hagans, Wayne Andre, Bobby Watson (horns); Reggie Workman, Andrew Simpkins (bass instrument); Bob Cranshaw, Tinker Barfield (bass guitar); Joe Williams , Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Bill Henderson (vocals); Grant Green, Ray Crawford, Steve Khan, Eddie Wright (guitar); David "Fathead" Newman , James Spaulding (alto saxophone); Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Gene Harris (piano, organ); Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Richard Tee (piano); Freddie Roach, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith , Big John Patton (organ); Ben Dixon (drums, tambourine); Chris Parker , Clarence Johnston, Donald Bailey , Jackie Mills, Mickey Roker, Billy Higgins (drums); Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.
    Liner Note Author: Michael Cuscuna.
    Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; M&I Recording Studios, New York, NY; New York, NY; Sunset Productions, New York, NY; The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, CA; Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
    Arrangers: Duke Pearson; Thad Jones.
    Blue Note Plays Ray Charles contains 11 previously released performances by jazz artists associated with the label who dip into the songbook of "Brother Ray." These are enjoyable re-creations courtesy of several Hammond B-3 masters, including Jimmy McGriff's "I Got a Woman," Freddie Roach's "Night Time Is the Right Time," and Jimmy Smith's "I'm Movin' On." Also of note is guitarist Grant Green's lyrical take on "I Can't Stop Loving You," with pianist Herbie Hancock's light, late-night blues touch influenced by The Genius After Hours. On past Blue Note Plays releases, the time line of music has tended to cross several decades, making for an erratic and jarring listening experience. Fortunately, there is a consistency on Blue Note Plays Ray Charles, as nine of the tracks were recorded in the '60s with the exception of two by Lou Rawls: "That's Where It's At," with Charles on vocals, from 1989 and "Hide nor Hair" from 1992. This budget-priced release is recommended to all fans of Ray Charles, whether they are jazz fans or not. ~ Al Campbell

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