Blue Note Plays Ray Charles

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
During the 1960s, artists recording for the legendary Blue Note label drew freely on classic songs associated with Ray Charles, one of the most popular performers of that era. This enjoyable collection touches on the work of guitarists (Grant Green), saxophonists (Stanley Turrentine), piano trios (the Three Sounds), and, of course, electric organ players (Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Freddie Roach) who mingled their jazz chops with the blues and proto-funk that just oozed from Charles' own records. (Singers Bill Henderson and Lou Rawls, though not officially Blue Note artists, further charge things up with spirited performances.) Not to be missed are the contributions ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
During the 1960s, artists recording for the legendary Blue Note label drew freely on classic songs associated with Ray Charles, one of the most popular performers of that era. This enjoyable collection touches on the work of guitarists (Grant Green), saxophonists (Stanley Turrentine), piano trios (the Three Sounds), and, of course, electric organ players (Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Freddie Roach) who mingled their jazz chops with the blues and proto-funk that just oozed from Charles' own records. (Singers Bill Henderson and Lou Rawls, though not officially Blue Note artists, further charge things up with spirited performances.) Not to be missed are the contributions by various all-star sidemen including Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Billy Higgins. Jazz may have been king at Blue Note, but the funk, most definitely, was also flying.
All Music Guide - Campbell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724356094529
  • Catalog Number: 60945
  • Sales rank: 164,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's Where It's At - Lou Rawls (3:14)
  2. 2 I Got A Woman - Jimmy McGriff (4:34)
  3. 3 What Would I Do Without You - Stanley Turrentine (4:36)
  4. 4 This Little Girl Of Mine - Grant Green (6:32)
  5. 5 Ain't That Love - Jimmy Smith (2:48)
  6. 6 (Night Time Is) The Right Time - Freddie Roach (7:17)
  7. 7 Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Mel Lewis Orchestra (3:02)
  8. 8 Drown in My Own Tears - The 3 Sounds (3:35)
  9. 9 Hide Nor Hair - Lou Rawls (2:59)
  10. 10 I Can't Stop Loving You - Grant Green (3:26)
  11. 11 I'm Movin' On - Jimmy Smith (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Vocals
Lou Rawls Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Hank Crawford Horn, Alto Saxophone, Horn Section
Grant Green Guitar
Herbie Hancock Piano
Gene Harris Organ, Piano
Bill Henderson Vocals
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Billy Higgins Drums
Steve Khan Guitar
Jimmy McGriff Organ
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
James Spaulding Alto Saxophone
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Jack Walrath Horn, Horn Section
Bobby Watson Horn
Joe Williams Vocals
Howard Johnson Horn, Horn Section
Seldon Powell Horn, Horn Section
Ray Crawford Guitar
Freddie Roach Organ
Tim Hagans Horn, Horn Section
Bob Cranshaw Bass, Bass Guitar
McCoy Tyner Piano
Wayne Andre Horn, Horn Section
Donald Bailey Drums
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Tinker Barfield Bass Guitar
Ben Dixon Drums, Tambourine
Clarence Johnston Drums
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Horn Section
Chris Parker Drums
Big John Patton Organ
Reggie Workman Bass
Mickey Roker Drums
Andy Simpkins Bass
Jimmy Smith Organ
Richard Tee Piano
Steve Turre Horn, Horn Section
Jackie Mills Drums
Eddie Wright Guitar
Morris Dow Guitar
Bobby Ray Watson Horn Section
Morris Dow Guitar
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Thad Jones Arranger
Duke Pearson Arranger
James W. Alexander Composer
Richard Bock Producer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Henry Glover Composer
Sonny Lester Producer
Alfred Lion Producer, Audio Production
Ron McMaster Mastering
Billy Vera Producer, Audio Production
Richard Boch Audio Production
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