Ray Sings, Basie Swings

Ray Sings, Basie Swings

by Ray Charles
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Ray Sings, Basie Swings

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072300262
catalogNumber: 30026

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   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   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bill Hughes   Orchestra Director
Larry Muhoberac   Arranger
Don Murray   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Melanie Safka   Composer
Jerry West   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger
Gregg Field   Producer,Engineer,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
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction

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Ray Sings, Basie Swings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bone More than 1 year ago
Great CD and great story on how this CD was produced. A must for Basie fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago