Ray Charles’ ‘Genius + Soul = Jazz’ is an album arranged by Quincy Jones, recorded on December 26–27, 1960 with members of The Count Basie Band and released in March 1961 By Impulse!.
Track Listing : 1.From The Heart (Ray Charles) – 03:30 . 2.I’Ve Got News For You (Ray Alfred) – 04:28 . 3.Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) – 03:14 . 4.Let’S Go (Ray Charles) – 02:39 . 5.One Mint Julep (Rudy Toombs) – 03:02 . 6.I’M Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (William Weldon/Roy Jacobs) – 03:38 . 7.Stompin’ Room Only (Ray Charles) – 03:35 . 8.Mister C (Ray Charles) – 04:28 . 9.Strike Up The Band (Ray Charles) – 02:35 . 10.Birth Of The Blues (Ray Charles) – 05:05
Musicians : Thad Jones – Cornet . Freddie Green – Guitar . Billy Mitchell – Saxophone . Frank Wess – Saxophone . Quincy Jones – Arrangements . Ralph Burns – Conductor . Joe Benjamin – Bass . Roy Haynes – Drums . Sonny Payne – Drums . Sam Herman – Guitar . George Dorsey – Sax (Alto) . Marshall Royal – Sax (Alto) . Earle Warren – Sax (Alto) . Charlie Fowlkes – Sax (Baritone) . Haywood Henry – Sax (Baritone) . Frank Foster – Sax (Tenor) . Budd Johnson – Sax (Tenor) . Seldon Powell – Sax (Tenor) . Jimmy Cleveland – Trombone . Henry Coker – Trombone . Urbie Green – Trombone . Al Grey – Trombone . Keg Johnson – Trombone . George Matthews – Trombone . John Frosk – Trumpet . Philip Guilbeau – Trumpet . Joe Newman Quartet – Trumpet . Jimmy Nottingham – Trumpet . Clark Terry – Trumpet . Joe Wilder – Trumpet . Snooky Young – Trumpet
Production : Produced By Ray Charles, Sid Feller, Creed Taylor . Steve Hoffman – Mastering . Terry Howard – Mastering
Package : Robert Flynn – Cover Design . Dick Katz – Liner Notes . Bob Gomel – Photography
Recorded On December 26–27, 1960 At Rudy Van Gelder Studio.
Released March 1961 By Impulse!.
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