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Concord Records goes the distance with this two-disc reissue of Ray Charles' seminal 1961 album Genius + Soul = Jazz and his three '70s-vintage My Kind of Jazz albums in one package, all beautifully remastered. Genius + Soul = Jazz is a key album for a number of reasons. He leads the Count Basie Orchestra, whose members included Billy Mitchell, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, Philip "Bilbo" Guilbeau, and Freddie Green. The set was produced by Creed Taylor as the second release on ABC/Paramount's then-fledgling Impulse! imprint, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and featured two different arrangers: Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones. To mark the occasion and push his own envelope, ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Concord Records goes the distance with this two-disc reissue of Ray Charles' seminal 1961 album Genius + Soul = Jazz and his three '70s-vintage My Kind of Jazz albums in one package, all beautifully remastered. Genius + Soul = Jazz is a key album for a number of reasons. He leads the Count Basie Orchestra, whose members included Billy Mitchell, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, Philip "Bilbo" Guilbeau, and Freddie Green. The set was produced by Creed Taylor as the second release on ABC/Paramount's then-fledgling Impulse! imprint, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and featured two different arrangers: Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones. To mark the occasion and push his own envelope, Charles plays Hammond B-3 on the set and sings on only two cuts: the swinging blues of "I've Got News for You" and another blues, the souled-out "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town." Another fascinating fact -- among many -- is that the set produced the first Impulse! single in Jones' Latinized arrangement of the nugget "One Mint Julep." Issued as Impulse! catalog number 200, it hit the top spot on the R&B chart and number eight in the Hot 100. The reading of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'" is the most overt soul-jazz foray, while "Stompin' Room Only" most closely approximates -- and makes use of -- the many strengths in the Basie band. The three My Kind of Jazz albums were all released between 1970 and 1975. A lot of the material with these bands consisted of the stuff played before Charles made his entrance to the stage in concert. This doesn't mean, however, that the music or the bands that played on these records were anything less than stellar. Musicians on the three volumes of My Kind of Jazz include Bobby Bryant, Blue Mitchell, Clifford Scott, Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Solomon, Glen Childress, Johnny Coles, Leroy Cooper, and James Clay. The material on the first My Kind of Jazz includes the single "Booty-Butt," a Charles original, Edwards' "Angel City," and Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford." The second disc in this set features My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3, respectively. The first of these two albums has some killer rhythmic touches with the addition of Brazilian tunes done in Charles' true groundbreaking style: Luiz Bonfá's "Morning of Carnival" and Edwards' "Brazilian Skies." That said, the entire album features beautiful Afro-Latin, samba, and bossa rhythms. My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 3 focuses on charts that in their sophistication paid tribute to Duke Ellington's orchestras and asserted a slew of material in 3/4 time, proving that the waltz signature could still be used for hard-driving, soulful, progressive jazz. In sum, this set offers a near complete view of Charles' inroads into big-band and soul-jazz in the '60s and '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072316690
  • Catalog Number: 31669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From the Heart (3:36)
  2. 2 I've Got News For You (4:33)
  3. 3 Moanin' (3:19)
  4. 4 Let's Go (2:43)
  5. 5 One Mint Julep (3:06)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town (3:43)
  7. 7 Stompin' Room Only (3:47)
  8. 8 Mister C (4:32)
  9. 9 Strike Up the Band (2:37)
  10. 10 Birth of the Blues (5:12)
  11. 11 Golden Boy (3:33)
  12. 12 Booty-Butt (4:11)
  13. 13 This Here (4:42)
  14. 14 I Remember Clifford (3:39)
  15. 15 Sidewinder (3:31)
  16. 16 Bluesette (3:21)
  17. 17 Pas-Se-O-Ne Blues (4:43)
  18. 18 Zig Zag (4:31)
  19. 19 Angel City (4:23)
  20. 20 Señor Blues (5:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Our Suite - Ray Charles Orchestra (8:07)
  2. 2 A Pair of Threes - Ray Charles Orchestra (5:31)
  3. 3 Morning of Carnival - Ray Charles Orchestra (3:34)
  4. 4 Going Home - Ray Charles Orchestra (4:21)
  5. 5 Kids Are Pretty People - Ray Charles Orchestra (5:00)
  6. 6 Togetherness - Ray Charles Orchestra (4:03)
  7. 7 Brazilian Skies - Ray Charles Orchestra (5:12)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Ray Charles Orchestra (5:31)
  9. 9 For Her - Ray Charles Orchestra (6:18)
  10. 10 Sister Sadie - Ray Charles Orchestra (4:06)
  11. 11 3/4 of the Time - Ray Charles Orchestra (2:50)
  12. 12 Ray Minor Ray - Ray Charles Orchestra (3:47)
  13. 13 Samba De Elencia - Ray Charles Orchestra (4:38)
  14. 14 Metamorphosis - Ray Charles Orchestra (4:11)
  15. 15 Nothing Wrong - Ray Charles Orchestra (3:32)
  16. 16 Project "S" - Ray Charles Orchestra (3:18)
  17. 17 Misty - Steve Turre (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Leader, Electric Piano, Vocals, Soloist
James Clay Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone, Soloist
Al Grey Trombone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Joe Newman Trumpet
Curtis Peagler Alto Saxophone
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Clifford Scott Tenor Saxophone
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
John Bryant Drums
Joe Benjamin Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Soloist
Henry Coker Trombone
Leroy Cooper Baritone Saxophone
Steve Davis Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Jack Evans Trumpet
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau Trumpet, Soloist
Roy Haynes Drums
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Sam Herman Guitar
Keg Johnson Trombone
George Matthews Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Joe Randazzo Trombone
Clifford Solomon Alto Saxophone
Steve Turre Trombone, Leader
Ernest Vantrease Piano, Electric Piano
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Peter Washington Bass
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Edgar Willis Bass
Eddie Jones Bass
Andrew Ennis Tenor Saxophone
Albert McQueen Tenor Saxophone
Bill King Trumpet
Ernest Elly Drums
Eugene 'Snooky' Young Trumpet
Bob Caulsen Trombone
Ben Martin Guitar
Andy Ennis Tenor Saxophone
Glen Childress Trombone
Eddie Pratt Alto Saxophone
Peter Turre Drums
Marshall Hunt Trumpet
Ken Tussing Trumpet
J. Lloyd Miller Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Wally Huff Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Ray Charles Composer, Producer, Engineer
Erroll Garner Composer
Jimmy Heath Arranger, Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Original Liner Notes
Thad Jones Composer
Charlie Mariano Composer
Lee Morgan Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Bobby Timmons Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
Dick Katz Original Liner Notes
Roger Neumann Arranger, Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Teddy Edwards Arranger, Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Benny Golson Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Charles Strouse Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Steve Turre Producer
Alf Clausen Arranger, Composer
Paul Blakemore Remastering
Jimmy Hole Reissue Design
Roy Alfred Composer
Bob Gratts Engineer
Lee Adams Composer
Roy Jacobs Composer
Howard Marks Composer
Jean Thielemans Composer
William Weldon Composer
William C. Baker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    You may want to find the original.

    I just heard this as i have the original and collect all of ray charles records. This one sounds terrible. What are they doing in the remastering? I'll stick to my original, this one sucks the life and air out of the performance. I feel ripped off!

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