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Ray Charles|Genius + Soul = Jazz

Genius + Soul = Jazz

Ray Charles

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One of the best early-'60s examples of soul-jazz crossover, this record, like several of his dates from the period, featured big-band arrangements (played by the Count Basie band). This fared better than some of Charles' similar outings, however, if only because it muted some of his straight pop aspirations in favor of some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks. Most of the album is instrumental and swings vivaciously, although Charles does take a couple of vocals with "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "I've Got News for You." Yet one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits.

© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
From The Heart
00:03:36

Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

2
I've Got News For You
00:04:33

Ray Charles, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Burns, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - ROY ALFRED, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

3
Moanin'
00:03:19

Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, ComposerLyricist - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

4
Let's Go
00:02:43

Earle Warren, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Keg Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Benjamin, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Burns, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Haywood Henry, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Seldon Powell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Budd Johnson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Frosk, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Dorsey, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Wilder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - George Matthews, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Herman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

5
One Mint Julep
00:03:04

Earle Warren, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Keg Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Benjamin, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Haywood Henry, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Seldon Powell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolph Toombs, ComposerLyricist - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Budd Johnson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Frosk, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Dorsey, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Wilder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - George Matthews, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Herman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

6
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town
00:03:42

Earle Warren, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Keg Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Joe Benjamin, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Charles, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Haywood Henry, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Seldon Powell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Budd Johnson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Frosk, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Dorsey, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Wilder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - George Matthews, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - William Weldon, ComposerLyricist - Sam Herman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

7
Stompin' Room Only
00:03:47

Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Burns, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Marks, ComposerLyricist - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

8
Mister C.
00:04:32

Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Burns, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

9
Strike Up the Band
00:02:38

Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Quincy Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Al Grey, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Mitchell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Coker, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Powell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

10
Birth of the Blues
00:05:13

Earle Warren, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Keg Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Benjamin, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Charles, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Burns, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Haywood Henry, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Seldon Powell, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Lew Brown, ComposerLyricist - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Budd Johnson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Frosk, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Dorsey, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Wilder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - George Matthews, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Herman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - B.G. DeSylva, ComposerLyricist - Creed Taylor, Producer - Phillip Gilbeau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 The Ray Charles Foundation

Album review

One of the best early-'60s examples of soul-jazz crossover, this record, like several of his dates from the period, featured big-band arrangements (played by the Count Basie band). This fared better than some of Charles' similar outings, however, if only because it muted some of his straight pop aspirations in favor of some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks. Most of the album is instrumental and swings vivaciously, although Charles does take a couple of vocals with "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "I've Got News for You." Yet one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits.

© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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