Great Ray Charles

The Great Ray Charles

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by Ray Charles
     
 

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This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on "Black Coffee"), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. Key among the sidemen are

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This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on "Black Coffee"), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. Key among the sidemen are David Newman (soloing on both tenor and alto) and trumpeter Joseph Bridgewater; highlights include Quincy Jones' "The Ray," "My Melancholy Baby," "Doodlin'," and "Undecided." Ray Charles should have recorded in this setting more often in his later years.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678173127
catalogNumber:
781731
Rank:
18086

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Vocals
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Emmett Dennis   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Harris   Drums
John Hunt   Trumpet
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Peeples   Drums
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
John Paul Hunt   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Arranger
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Joel Dorn   Liner Notes
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Gary Kramer   Liner Notes
Jerry Wexler   Producer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Earl Brown   Engineer
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Sydney Robin   Composer
Earl Singers Brown   Engineer
Earle Brown   Engineer
George A. Norton   Composer

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The Great Ray Charles 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Matthew_Goff More than 1 year ago
The music was very well done done and sounded very good. But it was very mellow compared with what I would expect from Ray Charles. If you're looking for a sampling of Ray's exciting upbeat music to get you really moving to the beat, or some of his soul-stirring music that'll bring a tear to your eye or make you laugh, I would suggest any of a hundred other Ray Charles CD's. If you're looking for something quiet to play in the background while doing paper-work this CD is great.