Ray Charles – The Great Ray Charles (180g Mono Vinyl LP)
Mastered by Doug Sax and pressed at RTI.
Ray Charles is such a great, expressive singer that his piano prowess is often overlooked, to say nothing of his alto saxophone playing. This disc shows that Ray was not only a better bluesman than most people know, but also a pianist at home in the hard bop context, if bluesier than most jazz pianists of his generation. In addition, saxophonists Hank Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman, whose respective sounds were as much a part of the classic Charles style as was the leader, turn in fine solos throughout. Truly a must for fans of Charles’ powerful overall style.
|1. The Ray|
|2. My Melancholy Baby|
|3. Black Coffee|
|4. There’s No You|
|6. Sweet Sixteen Bars|
|7. I Surrender Dear|