Recorded in 1961 under the direction of the legendary Quincy Jones and featuring members of Count Basie's group as well as crack New York sessions players, "Genius + Soul - Jazz" is one of the finest records in Charles's storied career. Here's a wonderful vinyl reissue of that title.
Ray Charles- 1957 album The Great Ray Charles is his second long player for the legendary Atlantic Records. An instrumental jazz album, it was released 2 years before Charles became an international superstar with the hit recording 'What'd I Say'. Though Charles was already nearly a decade deep into his recording career he-d yet to have a massive hit and was a difficult artist to pin down as his tastes ranged from jazz to pop to R^B. Featuring longtime band member David 'Fathead' Newman and with help from the arranging and songwriting genius Quincy Jones, this is a beautiful, swinging, and laid-back jazz album necessa... + INFO
First released in 1958, Yes Indeed!! is the third album by genius Ray Charles and it contains some of the best music he's made for Alantic Records. This is yet another gem from Ahmet Ertegun production team with Ray Charles masterfully backed by a full Jazz big band and of course the highly energetic Raelettes.
Recorded in a couple of days in June 1961 in Hollywood, this fine album documents the historical meeting between Genius Ray Charles and the wonderful Betty Carter, one of the greatest female Jazz singers of all times. A powerful duet combination with Ray's deep-sweet tone in almost sensual relation with Carter-s highly pitched and energetic vocals. The two literally fly on top of a series of sophisticated string arrangements and some highly swinging big band charts. Among the players are some of Ray-s close collaborators such as reed men Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman.