Wondering how in the world Willie Nelson ended up making a record with avant garde jazz great Don Cherry? Wonder no more--the Don Cherry on this album is not the multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame as a sideman to Ornette Coleman. Rather, this disc teams Willie with the crooning fellow Texan who hit the Billboard charts six times in 1955 and 1956, most notably with the wedding standard "Band of Gold." AUGUSTA features Willie and Don singing a number of standards, including "My Way," "Red Sails in the Sunset," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Prisoner of Love." The title track is a tribute to golf's Masters tournament, held in Augusta, Georgia. Backing arrangements are dominated by synthesizers and drum machines, with the occasional saxophone solo thrown into the mix. The mood on AUGUSTA is mellow; the mix and performances fall under the 'easy listening' category.
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