Ray Charles records in New-York ‘The Genius of Ray Charles’ (1959)

‘The Genius of Ray Charles’ is his sixth studio album mixing big band songs with string-backed ballads, recorded on May 6 and June 23, 1959 and released in October 1959 by Atlantic. .

Track Listing : 1.Let The Good Times Roll (Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore) – 02:53 . 2.It Had To Be You (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) – 02:45 . 3.Alexander’S Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin) – 02:53 . 4.Two Years Of Torture (Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris) – 03:25 . 5.When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) – 02:51 . 6.’Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 02:27 . 7.Just For A Thrill (Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye) – 03:26 . 8.You Won’T Let Me Go (Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson) – 03:22 . 9.Tell Me You’Ll Wait For Me (Charles Brown, Oscar Moore) – 03:25 . 10.Don’T Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ (Joe Greene) – 03:46 . 11.Am I Blue? (Grant Clarke, Harry Akst) – 03:41 . 12.Come Rain Or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 03:42


Lee Friedlander

Musicians : Ray Charles – Piano And Vocals . Clark Terry – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Ernie Royal – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Joe Newman – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Snookie Young – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Marcus Belgrave – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . John Hunt – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Melba Liston – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Quentin Jackson – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Thomas Mitchell – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Al Gray – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Frank Wess – Flute, Alto Saxophone And Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Marshal Royal – Alto Sax On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Sax On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Zoot Sims – Tenor Sax On (1 – 3 – 6) . Billy Mitchell – Tenor Sax On (2 – 4 – 5) . David Fathead Newman – Tenor Sax, Solos On (1 – 5 – 6) . Quincy Jones – Conductor On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Allen Hanlon – Guitar On (7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 -12) . Wendell Marshall – Bass On (7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 -12) . Ted Sommer – Drums On (7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 -12) . Bob Brookmeyer – Valve Trombone On (7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 -12) . Harry Lookofsky – Concertmaster On (7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 -12)

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegün, Jerry Wexler . Ralph Burns . Bill Schwartau – Engineer . Tom Dowd – Engineer

Arrangements : Ralph Burns

Package : Nat Hentoff – Sleeve Notes . Lee Friedlander asterisques RVM – Photography . Marvin Israel – Cover Design

Recorded On May 6 And June 23, 1959 At 6 West Recording In New York City.

Released In October 1959 By Atlantic.

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Scott’s Rock and Soul Album Reviews
On the whole, The Genius Of Ray Charles, which plays like two EPs and which was Ray’s most commercially successful long player to date (though none of the individual songs were big hits), is resolutely adult and is undeniably impressiveand the album is all the more worth seeking out because these aren’t typically songs that you’ll see included on his many “greatest hits” compilations. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
What makes the disc stand out are Charles’ vocals – his piano playing is barely audible – his unvarnished phrasing was then unknown among ballad singersand the effect was stunning. Since Charles has gone on to do so much more in the same vein – often better – it’s hard to appreciate what a breakthrough this was at the time. […]

allmusic
The remaining six numbers are ballads, with Charles backed by a string orchestra arranged by Ralph Burns (including “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'”). Charles’ voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards. […]

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