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Ray Charles The Genius Of Soul (DVD)

The Genius Of Soul (DVD)
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Ray Charles: The Genius Of Soul (DVD)

(1986/Umbrella) Region Code 0, PAL, 2.0, 4:3, Dolby, 60 minutes - An American original, Ray Charles was the innovator who fused gospel, jazz and blues to create modern soul music. His vision also widened the scope of country and western, touching hearts all over the world. Spanning five decades, this is a fascinating look at the man and the times. Lifely documentary footage, rare performance clips and never-before-seen interviews with family and friends reveal the heartbreak and humour of a man who overcame all odds to become one of our greatest musical figures. With David 'Fathead' Newman, Dr. John, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Hank Crawford, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Billy Preston, Merry Clayton and Ray Charles Jr. among others! - Rare Australian DVD !!!

Artikeleigenschaften von Ray Charles: The Genius Of Soul (DVD)

  • Interpret: Ray Charles

  • Albumtitel: The Genius Of Soul (DVD)

  • Format DVD
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Title The Genius Of Soul (DVD)
  • Release date 1986
  • Label UMBRELLA

  • DVD-Regionalcode
  • SubGenre R&B Music - Soul

  • EAN: 9322225015647

  • weight in Kg 0.120

Artist description "Charles, Ray"

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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