Ray Charles’ ‘The Genius Hits the Road’ is an album recorded on March 25 and 29, 1960 and released in September 1960 by ABC-Paramount.
Track Listing : 1.Alabamy Bound (Buddy Desylva, Bud Green, Ray Henderson) – 01:55 . 2.Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 03:35 . 3.Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams) – 02:46 . 4.Mississippi Mud (Harry Barris, James Cavanaugh) – 03:24 . 5.Moonlight In Vermont (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) – 03:02 . 6.New York’S My Home (Gordon Jenkins) – 03:05 . 7.California, Here I Come (Buddy Desylva, Al Jolson, Joseph Meyer) – 02:10 . 8.Moon Over Miami (Joe Burke, Edgar Leslie) – 03:20 . 9.Deep In The Heart Of Texas (June Hershey, Don Swander) – 02:28 . 10.Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (James A. Bland) – 02:02 . 11.Blue Hawaii (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 02:58 . 12.Chattanooga Choo-Choo (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 03:05
Musicians : Ray Charles – Piano, Vocals . Edgar Willis – Bass . Milt Turner – Drums . David ‘Fathead’ Newman – Tenor Saxophone . Hank Crawford – Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone . Leroy Cooper – Baritone Saxophone . John Hunt – Trumpet . Marcus Belgrave – Trumpet . Ralph Burns – Conductor
Production : Produced By Sid Feller
Package : Hugh Brown – Art Direction . Bill Dahl – Liner Notes . Billy Vera – Liner Notes . Viceroy – Cover Design . Rick Ward – Liner Notes
Recorded On March 25 And 29, 1960 At A Studio In New York City.
Released In September 1960 By Abc-Paramount.
Some unlikely titles may cause warning signs to go up for listeners but Charles was such an interpreter of all kinds of music that he managed to make a number of them terrific. […]
Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
The urgency of Ray’s delivery makes the oldest chestnuts sound fresh (“Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “Basin Street Blues”), the arrangements are sharp (“Moon Over Miami”)and there’s a lot of humor (though the spoken straight-man routine on “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” falls flat). If only Charles had played some organ I might’ve made this his five-star record. […]
Ifandorbut @ RateYourMusic
Though it is funny to hear Ray wax on and on about how other cities and states can’t live up to the wonderful splendor of New York for three minutes and then hear him sing “California, Here I Come” with his own cool and reserved earnestness. […]