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Ray Charles Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)

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Ray Charles: Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)

CD on AMERICAN JAZZ CLASSI RECORDS by Ray Charles - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)

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Charles, Ray - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD) CD 1
01 From The Heart Ray Charles
02 I've Got News For You Ray Charles
03 Moanin' Ray Charles
04 Let's Go Ray Charles
05 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
06 I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town Ray Charles
07 Stompin' Room Only Ray Charles
08 Mister C Ray Charles
09 Strike Up The Band Ray Charles
10 Birth Of The Blues Ray Charles
11 Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles
12 It Had To Be You Ray Charles
13 Alexander's Ragtime Band Ray Charles
14 Two Year Of Torture Ray Charles
15 When Your Lover Has Gone Ray Charles
16 Deed I Do Ray Charles
17 Just For A Thrill Ray Charles
18 You Won't Let Me Go Ray Charles
19 Tell Me You'll Wait For Me Ray Charles
20 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' Ray Charles
21 Am I Blue Ray Charles
22 Come Rain Or Come Shine Ray Charles
Charles, Ray - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD) CD 2
01 Alabamy Bound Ray Charles
02 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
03 Basin Street Blues Ray Charles
04 Mississippi Mud Ray Charles
05 Moonlight In Vermont Ray Charles
06 New York's My Home Ray Charles
07 California, Here I Come Ray Charles
08 Moon Over Miami Ray Charles
09 Deep In The Heart Of Texas Ray Charles
10 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny Ray Charles
11 Blue Hawaii Ray Charles
12 Chattanooga Choo-Choo Ray Charles
13 The Ray Ray Charles
14 I Surrender Dear Ray Charles
15 Hornful Soul Ray Charles
16 Ain't Misbeahavin' Ray Charles
17 Joy Ride Ray Charles
18 Sweet Sixteen Bars Ray Charles
19 Doodlin' Ray Charles
20 There's No You Ray Charles
21 Undecided Ray Charles
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"Ray Charles"

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Losing Hand

(Charles Calhoun)

Atlantic 1037

 

Ray Charles had only recently joined the roster of Atlantic Records when he waxed the mournful blues Losing Hand on May 17, 1953 with a New York session crew consisting of saxists Dave McRae, Freddie Mitchell, and Pinky Williams, bassist Lloyd Trotman, drummer Connie Kay, and guitarist Mickey Baker, whose slippery chords cascade downward like thick, murky molasses. Brother Ray didn't use a guitarist on his subsequent Atlantic sides, making Baker's presence quite unusual (arranger Jesse Stone wrote the song under his alias of Charles Calhoun). Ray had yet to explode with his groundbreaking gospel/blues synthesis, although his impassioned vocal and two-fisted piano offered clues as to his immediate future.

"He still was being recorded in the conventional way, like you'd record almost any single singing artist," said Ray's late co-producer, Jerry Wexler. "We got the backing musicians, we got the arranger Jesse Stone, we rehearsed, and so on."

Born in Albany, Georgia on September 23, 1930 but raised in Greenville, Florida, Ray Charles Robinson lost his sight as a child but gained a love for music—blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, country—that was unshakable. He left the state school for the blind at 15, his piano skills already formidable, and somehow made his way cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle. Jack Lauderdale of Swing Time/Down Beat Records brought Charles and his McSon Trio aboard in 1949. His first release was a hit and two more after that too, though his predilection for imitating Nat King Cole and Charles Brown hadn't been tamed yet.

Swing Time was experiencing financial difficulties in 1952, so Lauderdale peddled Charles' contract to Atlantic. There Ray would transform R&B with his daring gospel/blues synthesis on the smashes I've Got A Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and What'd I Say (speaking of advancements in electric instrumentation, he played a Wurlitzer piano on the latter). His sessions were like no other at Atlantic.

"They were exciting, edifying, thrilling," said Wexler. "We're talking about Ray Charles. There were no downers. I mean, there was never anything negative or worrying, because Ray Charles had the whole thing figured out from beginning to end. And so, as would be the case with many other sessions, when there had to be some direction from us because we weren't going anywhere, or some changes to be made, that wasn't the case with Ray."

Of course, Ray's ceaseless musical experiments rendered him a superstar right up to his June 10, 2004 death. No wonder they called him a genius.

- Bill Dahl -
Chicago, Illinois

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