Ray Charles

The Great Ray Charles

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This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on "Black Coffee"), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. Key among the sidemen are David Newman (soloing on both tenor and alto) and trumpeter Joseph Bridgewater; highlights include Quincy Jones' "The Ray," "My Melancholy Baby," "Doodlin'," and "Undecided." Ray Charles should have recorded in this setting more often in his later years.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:03
2 4:28
3 2:56
4 5:32 Amazon
5 4:00 Amazon
6 5:08 Amazon
7 5:30
8 5:41
9 4:40
10 4:07 Amazon
11 5:54 Amazon
12 4:47 Amazon
13 3:40 Amazon
14 4:20 Amazon
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