Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company”

Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” is his final (and posthumously released on August 31, 2004) studio album.

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Track listing : 1.Here We Go Again (Don Lanier, Red Steagall) – 03:59 . 2.Sweet Potato Pie (James Taylor) – 03:47 . 3.You Don’t Know Me (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) – 03:55 . 4.Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:59 . 5.Fever (Eddie Cooley, John Davenport) – 03:30 . 6.Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (Billy Burnette, Michael Smotherman) – 04:34 . 7.It Was a Very Good Year (Ervin Drake) – 04:59 . 8.Hey Girl (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 05:15 . 9.Sinner’s Prayer (Lowell Fulson, Lloyd Glenn) – 04:25 . 10.Heaven Help Us All (Ronald Miller) – 04:32 . 11.Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 04:54 . 12.Crazy Love (Van Morrison) – 03:42 .

Musicians : Ray Charles – Piano, Keyboards, Vocals . Norah Jones – Piano,Vocals on (1) . James Taylor – Vocals on on (2) . Diana Krall – Vocals on (3) . Elton John – Vocals on on (4) . Natalie Cole – Vocals on (5) . Bonnie Raitt – Slide Guitar, Vocals on on (6) . Willie Nelson – Vocals on (7) . Michael McDonald – Keyboards, Vocals on (8) . B.B. King – Vocals on (9) . Gladys Knight – Vocals on (10) . Johnny Mathis – Vocals on (11) . Van Morrison – Vocals on (12) . Brandon Fields – Baritone Saxophone . Abraham Laboriel – Bass . David Hayes – Bass . Tom Fowler – Bass . Trey Henry – Bass, Double Bass . Rob Mathes – Conductor . Dave Stone – Double Bass . Karl Vincent – Double Bass . Ken Wild – Double Bass . Richard Shaw – Double Bass . Tim Christensen – Double Bass . James Gadson – Drums . Jim Keltner – Drums . John “4 Daddman” Robinson – Drums . Ray Brinker – Drums . Shawn Pelton – Drums . Charles Fearing – Guitar . Danny Jacob – Guitar . George Doering – Guitar . Jeff Mironov – Guitar . Michael Landau – Guitar . Michael Thompson – Guitar . George Marinelli – Guitar . Billy Preston – Hammond Organ . Elenore Choate – Harp . Joseph Stone – Horn (English), Oboe . Michael Bearden – Keyboards . Leanne Becknell – Oboe . Bashiri Johnson – Percussion . Mark Converse – Percussion . Wally Snow – Percussion . Alan Pasqua – Piano . Clarence McDonald – Piano, Arranger . Randy Waldman – Piano, Arranger, Keyboards . Irvin “Magic” Kramer – Rhythm Guitar . Scott Higgins – Timpani .

Horns Tom Saviano – Saxophone . Bob Shepard – Saxophone . Reverend Dave Boruff – Saxophone . Charles Pillow – Tenor Saxophone . Martin Winning – Tenor Saxophone . David Riddles – Bassoon . John Mitchell – Bassoon . Charles Boito – Clarinet . Don Markese – Clarinet . Greg Huckins – Flute . Steve Kujala – Flute . Joe Meyer – French Horn . Kurt Snyder – French Horn . Patricia Skye – French Horn . Phil Yao – French Horn . Richard Todd – French Horn . Suzette Moriarty – French Horn . Alexander Isles – Trombone . Andrew Martin – Trombone . Bob McChesney – Trombone . Bruce Fowler – Trombone . Charlie Morillas – Trombone . Robert Sanders – Trombone . Charlie Davis – Trumpet . Dennis Farias – Trumpet . Gary Grant – Trumpet . Jeff Kievit – Trumpet . Kenny Scharf – Trumpet . Larry Hall – Trumpet . Matt Holland – Trumpet . Rick Baptist – Trumpet . Tony Kadleck – Trumpet . Walt Fowler – Trumpet . Wayne Bergeron – Trumpet .

Choir Alethea Mills – Choir . Aminah Ofumbi – Choir . Chavonne Morris – Choir . Clarissa Watkins – Choir . Clydene Jackson Edwards – Choir . Darryl Phinnessee – Choir . DeAnte Duckett – Choir . Fred Martin & the Levite Camp – Choir . Irene Madison – Choir . James Chip Burney – Choir . Janey Clewer – Choir . Jim Gilstrap – Choir . John West – Choir . Kevin Dorsey – Choir . Rosemary Butler – Choir . Seven Morris – Choir . Terry Woods – Choir .

Strings Armen Ksadjikian – Cello . John Acosta – Cello . John Krovoza – Cello . Kevan Torfeh – Cello . Larry Corbett – Cello . Martha Lippi – Cello . Rudolph Stein – Cello . Stefanie Fife – Cello . Steve Richards – Cello . Suzie Katayama – Cello . Timothy Landauer – Cello . Trevor Handy – Cello . Yang-Qin Zhao – Cello . Andrew Picken – Viola . Briana Bandy – Viola . Carolyn Riley – Viola . David F. Walther – Viola . Edward Persi – Viola . John Acevedo – Viola . Maria Newman – Viola . Raymond Tischer – Viola . Robert Berg – Viola . Samuel Formicola – Viola . Shanti Randall – Viola . Shawn Mann – Viola . Suzanna Giordono – Viola . Alan Ellsworth – Violin . Miguel Atwood Ferguson – Viola . Alicia Engley – Violin . Alwyn Wright – Violin . Amy Wickman Guerra – Violin . Anatoly Rosinsky – Violin . Armen Garabedian – Violin . Berj Garabedian – Violin . Brian Benning – Violin . Charles Everett – Violin . Daphne Chen – Violin . David Kilbride – Violin . Dennis Molchan – Violin . Dynell Weber – Violin . Edith Markman – Violin . Edmund Stein – Violin . Franklyn d’Antonio – Violin . Gerry Hilera – Violin . Horia Moroaica – Violin . Igor Pandurski – Violin . Irina Voloshina – Violin . Jaroslav Kettner – Violin . Jennifer Munday – Violin . Jennifer Walton – Violin . Joel Derouin – Violin . Johana Krejci – Violin . Julie Rogers – Violin . Kathleen Robertson – Violin . Ken Yerke – Violin . Kirstin Fife – Violin . Leslie Brown – Violin . Leslie Brown Katz – Violin . Margaret Wooten – Violin . Michael Markman – Violin . Michele Richards – Violin . Nancy Roth – Violin . Nick Grant – Violin . North Wood – Violin . Paul Manaster – Violin . Raymond Kobler – Violin . Reginald Clews – Violin . Robert Matsuda – Violin . Ronald Clark – Violin . Ronald Folsom – Violin . Sai Ly Acosta – Violin . Songa Lee – Violin . Todor Pelev – Violin . Tricia Lee – Violin . Vladimir Polimatidi – Violin . Xiao Niu He – Violin . Zheng Wang – Violin . David Stenske – Violin, Viola . Fonzi Thornton – Vocals, Singer . Tawatha Agee – Vocals, Singer . Vaneese Thomas – Vocals, Singer .

Production Produced by John Burk, Phil Ramone . Ed Thacker – Engineer . Joel Moss – Engineer . John Harris – Engineer . Mark Fleming – Engineer . Pete Karam – Engineer . Robert Fernandez – Engineer . Terry Howard – Engineer . Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing, String Engineer . Andrew Felluss – Assistant Engineer . Bill Kaylor – Assistant Engineer . Casey Phariss – Assistant Engineer . Darrell Thorp – Assistant Engineer . Greg Dennon – Assistant Engineer . Hardi Kamsani – Assistant Engineer . Jaime Sickora – Assistant Engineer . Jamie Siskkora – Assistant Engineer . Jay Spears – Assistant Engineer . Joel Singer – Assistant Engineer . Keith Gretlein – Assistant Engineer . Ken Desantis – Assistant Engineer . Michael Eleopoulos – Assistant Engineer . Steve Genewick – Assistant Engineer . Victor Vanacore – Arranger, Score Assistance . David Blumberg – Arranger, String Arrangements . Doug Sax – Mastering . Robert Hadley – Mastering .

Package : Dennis Shirley – Photography . John Jennings – Photography . Norman Seeff – Photography . Vitaliano Napolitano – Photography . George Marinelli – Photography . Kristy Cameron – Design . Abbey Anna – Design, Design Consultant . David R. Legry – Liner Notes .

Recorded June 2003–March 2004 .

Released on August 31, 2004 by Concord/Hear Music.

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Enjoy the Music.com
Although Ray was in failing health during that period, his voice is predominantly strong, expressiveand emotionaland his duets with good friends Willie Nelson and B.B. King struck this reviewer as especially heartfelt. […]

Music Critic
Is it right that the last studio record by one of the world’s great musical geniuses kinda sucks? No, it is not right. It is unfair, it pisses me off, it’s a travesty. But Ray was just such a genius that this is worth hearing anyway, or buying for your folks as a birthday present so you can burn a copy, or something. […]

PopMatters
Though his voice is clearly agedand at times ragged, his passion and sincerity nonetheless shine through on each of these songs. […]

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