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 05:03
2 04:28
3 02:56
4 05:32 Amazon
5 04:00 Amazon
6 05:08 Amazon
7 05:30
8 05:41
9 04:40
10 04:07 Amazon
11 05:54 Amazon
12 04:47 Amazon
13 03:40 Amazon
14 04:20 Amazon
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