Album: The Genius of Ray Charles

Ray Charles. The Genius of Ray Charles. Atlantic, 1959. (on CD)

Pretty over-rated as far as Ray Charles goes. These are big band swing versions of standards (some R&B standards, but mostly jazz), arranged by people like Quincy Jones. People probably say it’s great just because there are so many great musicians playing on it. But you know what? They’ve all got nothing on a straight-up Ray Charles recording. If I want to listen to Count Basie’s orchestra, I’ll get a Count Basie album thank you very much. 7/10 (Good).

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