Blue Note Plays Ray Charles

Blue Note Plays Ray Charles

     
 

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,… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724356094529
catalogNumber:
60945
Rank:
381736

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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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