Ray Charles

Rockin' Chair Blues [Delta]

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This brief selection from Delta Records features early sides from Ray Charles at a time when he was more of a crooner than the gospel-fueled soulman and icon he was to become. These jazzy and light tracks are pleasant enough, but hardly distinctive, although "Rockin' Chair Blues" has an elegant dignity, and Charles does break out a little on "Kissa Me Baby" and "Someday," but overall this CD has more soft glow than it does fireworks.

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