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Genius After Hours (Remastered Reissue)


Ray Charles


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   The Genius After Hours    
  2   Aint Misbehavin    
  3   Dawn Ray    
  4   Joy Ride    
  5   Hornful Soul    
  6   The Man I Love    
  7   Charlesville    
  8   Music Music Music    


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While the legendary Ray Charles achieved much of his success via pop and r&b, he also had considerable and credible success in the country, jazz and blues fields. This superb album, a 1961 Atlantic recording, now remastered, focuses on Charles' considerable talents as a jazz musician. Like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole before him, Charles was essentially a jazz musician (he has played piano, organ, saxophone and clarinet professionally and, using a Braille notation system, has consistently been an active composer and arranger), beginning his musical career as the leader of a Cole-style trio in 1949, later becoming a vocalist to attract a wider "popular" audience. This album reflects that instrumental piano led trio past, although three tracks (Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Joy Ride" and "Hornful Soul") enlist brass, with Charles playing piano, acting as band leader and composing five of the eight tracks here (as well as Waller's "Misbehavin'" he tackles Gerorge & Ira Gershwin's "The Man I Love"). The style of jazz definitely has a stripped down "blues" feel to it, much like the early trio work of Cole, which suits Charles' playing, and the sax playing of the superb David 'Fathead' Newman. An important and too-seldom-seen aspect of the late Ray Charles, this excellent reissue is a timely reminder of just how wide the scope of the great man's talent was. Beautiful. And recommended of course too.

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Artist: Ray Charles
Album: Genius After Hours (Remastered Reissue)
Cat #: 8122735232
Date: 29/01/2005
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Warner
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Jazz , R&B/Soul
Normally: $24.95
SmokeCDs Price: $19.95
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