The Genius in Person: Journey Through the Early Albums 1957-1960

The Genius in Person: Journey Through the Early Albums 1957-1960

by Ray Charles


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The Genius in Person: Journey Through the Early Albums 1957-1960

This double-disc set collects four of Ray Charles' early LPs for Atlantic Records, the all instrumental The Great Ray Charles from 1957, The Genius of Ray Charles from 1959, Ray Charles at Newport from 1959 (the performance was actually from July 1958), and Ray Charles in Person from 1960 (drawn from a performance at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta in May 1959). Charles' first recording sessions from the late '40s and very early '50s show an artist heavily influenced by Nat King Cole and Charles Brown and working in a pronounced pop direction. Charles recorded for several small West Coast labels during this time, but most notably for Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time Records. It wasn't until Lauderdale sold Charles' contract to Atlantic Records (for a mere $2,000) in 1952 that Charles began the legendary fusion of R&B and gospel that led to hits like "What'd I Say" and "I Got a Woman" that single-handedly created what became known as soul. These four LPs show Charles hitting his stride and creating his signature synthesis that made him one of the most important and influential figures in pop and soul music history.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988016024
catalogNumber: 160
Rank: 95041

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Melba Liston   Trombone
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bennie Hank Crawford   Baritone Saxophone
Teagle Fleming   Drums
Richie Goldberg   Drums
Gray   Trombone
Lee Harper   Trumpet
Harry Lookofsky   Concert Master
Margie Hendrix   Vocals
John Hunt   Trumpet
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Thomas Mitchell   Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Bennie Crawford   Baritone Saxophone
Raelets   Vocals
Ted Sommer   Drums
Edgar Wills   Bass

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Harry Lookofsky   String Section
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cadena   Composer
Theard   Composer
Bob Fisher   Producer,Liner Notes
Fleccie Moore   Composer

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