Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo’

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo’ is her second album also known as ‘Right Now It’s Aretha’ and released on February 27, 1961 by Columbia.

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Track Listing : 1.Won’T Be Long (J. Leslie Mcfarland) – 03:12 . 2.Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 02:42 . 3.Love Is The Only Thing (J. Leslie Mcfarland) – 02:44 . 4.Sweet Lover (J. Leslie Mcfarland, Sidney Wyche) – 03:26 . 5.All Night Long (Curtis Lewis) – 03:01 . 6.Who Needs You? (Billie Holiday, Jeanne Burns) – 02:50 . 7.Right Now (J. Leslie Mcfarland) – 02:27 . 8.Are You Sure (Meredith Wilson) – 02:44 . 9.Maybe I’M A Fool (J. Leslie Mcfarland) – 03:20 . 10.It Ain’T Necessarily So (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 02:57 . 11.By Myself (J. Leslie Mcfarland, J. Bailey) – 02:42 . 12.Today I Sing The Blues (Curtis Lewis) – 02:47

Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Vocals, Piano On (6 – 8 – 9) . John Mcfarland – Piano On (1) . Belton Evans – Drums On (1 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11) . Chauncey Westbrook – Guitar On (2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12) . Clifton Best – Guitar On (2 – 3 – 7 – 12) . William Lee – Bass On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 10 – 11 – 12) . Osie Johnson – Drums On (2 – 3 – 7 – 12) . Tyree Glenn – Trombone On (2 – 3 – 7 – 12) . Paul Owens – Vocal Obbligato On (3) . Al Sears – Tenor Saxophone On (5 – 6 – 8 – 9 – 11) . Quentin Jackson – Trombone On (5 – 11) . Milton John Hinton – Bass On (6 – 8 – 9) . Lucky Warren – Tenor Saxophone On (10) . Ray Bryant – Piano

Production : Produced By John H. Hammond

Recorded August 1, 1960 – January 10, 1961.

Released On February 27, 1961 By Columbia.

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Paste Magazine
she was an active collaborator with her backing musicians, closely engaged with fine-tuning the arrangements. Although inexperienced in secular music, she knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted to sound in any particular setting. […]

PopMatters
The vocals tend toward the coy and playful, until the record ramps up its intensity with the haunting gospel of “Are You Sure” and the full-throated wailing of “Maybe I’m a Fool”. […]

All About Jazz
This is Billie Holiday without the fragile temperament. The only other pianist that could have provided this support for Franklin would have been Gene Harris. […]

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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo’

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