Ray Sings, Basie Swings

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Ray Charles meets Count Basie? Well, not quite. In this technological masterwork, tapes of Charles’ vocals from 1970s-era live performances have been digitally married to contemporary studio performances by the Basie band. That’s the current Basie band, with no sign of the long-departed leader and hardly any of the established band members who brought this venerable swing unit to fame. Caveats about billing and authenticity aside, this project works beautifully on its own 21st-century terms. Charles is in spectacular voice, giving soulful and nuanced readings to some of his signature songs, while the Basie band proves that swinging is still in its genetic makeup. The...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Ray Charles meets Count Basie? Well, not quite. In this technological masterwork, tapes of Charles’ vocals from 1970s-era live performances have been digitally married to contemporary studio performances by the Basie band. That’s the current Basie band, with no sign of the long-departed leader and hardly any of the established band members who brought this venerable swing unit to fame. Caveats about billing and authenticity aside, this project works beautifully on its own 21st-century terms. Charles is in spectacular voice, giving soulful and nuanced readings to some of his signature songs, while the Basie band proves that swinging is still in its genetic makeup. The technological union sounds flawless, as do the new arrangements; the band always supporting Charles, never drawing attention away from his incomparable singing. Glorious versions of “The Long and Winding Road,” “Busted,” “Georgia,” and others demonstrate how vital Charles remained some four decades into his amazing career. Studio wizardry has rarely paid off so well.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Ray Sings, Basie Swings, huh? Hmm, well, yes and no. You see, the story goes something like this. In 2005, Concord Records exec John Burk, who produced Ray Charles' superb late-career, Grammy-winning Genius Loves Company, found a reel of tape simply labeled "Ray/Basie." Upon further analysis, it was determined that the 1973 recording featured Ray Charles backed by his own band -- Count Basie and his band had actually recorded earlier that day. Charles' vocal was exceptionally prominent in the mix and at first it was thought that this potentially momentous discovery would prove unable to bear fruit. But then Burk brainstormed and decided to bring the current Count Basie Orchestra -- whose leader died in 1984 -- into the studio to lay tracks behind Charles' vocals. So there's no Basie on Ray Sings, Basie Swings, but that's merely a technicality, because there is some great music. Charles was in fine form vocally on this mix of remakes of his early ABC-Paramount-era hits and then-recent material. The consecutive reworkings of "Busted," "Cryin' Time," and "I Can't Stop Loving You," three of his defining Top Ten hits of the early '60s, are given brassy, bluesy treatments here, and standards ranging from Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" to the Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road" are transformed in Charles' hands. The set-closing "Georgia on My Mind," as close to a signature song as Charles had, is given a tender, minimalist reading, but the track preceding it, "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma," picked up from the folk-pop singer Melanie, is quite possibly the album's highlight. It's appeared on other Ray Charles compilations before, but the gospelized, testifyin' version featured here has got to be the liveliest take on that song anyone's ever devised. So, yeah, there's no Count Basie to be found here, but his namesake orchestra does him proud. For one of those postmortem studio patch jobs that owes as much to technology as talent, it's a fine addition to the Ray Charles oeuvre, as long as one can get past the semi-false advertising of its title.
San Francisco Chronicle - Lee Hildebrand
The results are uniformly strong and superior in some ways to Charles' recordings with his own orchestra.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
The rhythm and reeds swing slowly around Charles like a new frame for a long-lost Van Gogh; however beautiful that frame and amazing the rescue, it's the stunning emotional richness of the singing that feels like the miracle.

The results are uniformly strong and superior in some ways to Charles' recordings with his own orchestra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072300262
  • Catalog Number: 30026
  • Sales rank: 1,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Count Basie Orchestra (4:35)
  2. 2 Let the Good Times Roll - Count Basie Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 How Long Has This Been Going On? - Count Basie Orchestra (6:19)
  4. 4 Every Saturday Night - Count Basie Orchestra (4:05)
  5. 5 Busted - Count Basie Orchestra (2:35)
  6. 6 Crying Time - Count Basie Orchestra (3:53)
  7. 7 I Can't Stop Loving You - Count Basie Orchestra (4:02)
  8. 8 Come Live with Me - Count Basie Orchestra (4:10)
  9. 9 Feel So Bad - Count Basie Orchestra (4:10)
  10. 10 The Long and Winding Road - Count Basie Orchestra (4:04)
  11. 11 Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma - Count Basie Orchestra (2:51)
  12. 12 Georgia on My Mind - Count Basie Orchestra (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Charles Primary Artist
Patti Austin Track Performer
Tom Scott Conductor
John Chiodini Musician
Maxi Anderson Track Performer
Clarence Banks Trombone
Scotty Barnhart Trumpet, Soloist
Chuck Berghofer Musician
Jim Cox Musician
Joey DeFrancesco Organ, Hammond Organ, Soloist
Lynne Fiddmont Track Performer
Doug Lawrence Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
James Leary Bass, Rhythm Section
Andy Martin Musician
Marshall McDonald Flute, Alto Saxophone
Butch Miles Drums, Rhythm Section
Darlene Perry Track Performer
Sharon Perry Track Performer
Mike Williams Trumpet, Soloist
Shelly Berg Conductor, Musician
Gregg Field Conductor, Musician
John Williams Baritone Saxophone
Sandy Simmons Track Performer
Wayne Bergeron Musician
Valerie Pinkston Track Performer
Lorraine Perry Track Performer
Will Matthews Guitar, Rhythm Section
Doug Miller Tenor Saxophone
Barry K. Cooper Jr. Bass Trombone
Shawn C. Edmonds Trumpet
Dave Keim Trombone
Endré Rice Trumpet
Tony Suggs Piano, Soloist, Rhythm Section
Grant Langford Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Patti Austin Vocal Arrangements
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Author
Tom Scott Arranger
Roger Neumann Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Silas Hogan Composer
Joe Adams Producer, Executive Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
John Clayton Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Bill Hughes Orchestra Director
Larry Muhoberac Arranger
Don Murray Engineer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Melanie Safka Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Jerry West Composer
Shelly Berg Arranger
Gregg Field Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Arrangements
David Ritz Liner Notes
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Aaron A. Woodward Executive Producer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Steve Genewick Engineer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Leslie Temple Composer
Sam Theard Composer
James Johnson Composer
Seth Presant Engineer, Digital Editing
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Ray Sings/Basie Swings

    Great CD and great story on how this CD was produced. A must for Basie fans.

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