Genius + Soul = Jazz

Genius + Soul = Jazz

by Ray Charles
     
 

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One of the best early-'60s examples of soul/jazz crossover, this record, like several of his dates from the period, featured big-band arrangements (played by the Count Basie band). This fared better than some of Charles' similar outings, however, if only because it muted some of his straight pop aspirations in favor of some pretty

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One of the best early-'60s examples of soul/jazz crossover, this record, like several of his dates from the period, featured big-band arrangements (played by the Count Basie band). This fared better than some of Charles' similar outings, however, if only because it muted some of his straight pop aspirations in favor of some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks. Most of the album is instrumental and swings pretty vivaciously, although Charles does take a couple of vocals with "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "I've Got News for You." Yet one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits. In 1997, it was combined with the much later My Kind of Jazz album (from 1970) onto a single-disc CD reissue by Rhino.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2012
Label:
Apo
UPC:
0753088000263
catalogNumber:
2

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Organ,Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
Seldon Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Roy Haynes   Drums
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Sam Herman   Guitar
Keg Johnson   Trombone
George Matthews   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Freddy Green   Guitar
Eugene Young   Trumpet
Eddy Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Ray Alfred   Composer
Roy Jacobs   Composer
Howard Marks   Composer
William Weldon   Composer

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