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Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz LP 200 Gram Vinyl Impulse! Stereo A-2 Analogue Productions QRP USA

Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz LP 200 Gram Vinyl Impulse! Stereo A-2 Analogue Productions QRP USA Maximize
Artist: Ray Charles
Title: Genius + Soul = Jazz
Label: Impulse!
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Original release year: 1961
Reissue year: 2011
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 200gr
Total Item Weight: 416gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Collection: Analogue Productions Impulse! Series
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Best known for his R&B and rock 'n' roll work, Ray Charles also recorded influential jazz albums including the groundbreaking Genius + Soul = Jazz originally released in 1961. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder and produced by Creed Taylor, includes arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns featuring organ and vocals by Ray Charles. Audiophile 200gr pressing remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

 

 

  • 200g Audiophile Vinyl
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Cut From Original Analog Stereo Master Tapes
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings USA
  • Gatefold Cover

 

 

Ray Charles was best known for his work in the idioms of R&B, rock 'n' roll and even successful forays into country. But he also recorded influential jazz albums, including the groundbreaking Genius + Soul = Jazz originally released in 1961. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in late 1960, Genius + Soul = Jazz was produced by Creed Taylor and includes arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. Ray Charles played the organ with three vocals ("I've Got News For You," "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" and "One Mint Julep") and band members included members of the Count Basie Orchestra: Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Billy Mitchell, Frank Wess, Freddie Green and Sonny Payne among others.

 

The record ascended to the No. 4 spot on Billboard's pop album chart and spawned the very first singles on Impulse. "I've Got News For You" rose to No. 8 R&B and No. 66 on the Hot 100. In addition, Charles' version of "One Mint Julep" charted No. 1 R&B and No. 8 pop and his rendition of the blues standard "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" reached No. 25 R&B and No. 84 pop.

 

Although Basie himself does not appear on the album, the Count was a major model as Charles assembled a full-scale, working orchestra. Basie also influenced his use of organ in a jazz context, and Charles was happy to record at the Van Gelder studio, where Jimmy Smith had recorded his classic Blue Note albums. Truly, as Dick Katz wrote in his original January 1961 liner notes, "The combination here of rare talent plus uncommon craftsmanship has produced a record that showcases the timeless quality an innate taste that is uniquely that of Ray Charles."

 

Second title in the Impulse catalog, the Original Tape Boxes Included Notes In Braille!

 


Track Listing:

Side A
1. From The Heart
2. I've Got News For You
3. Moanin'
4. Let's Go
5. One Mint Julep

Side B:
1. I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town
2. Stompin' Room Only
3. Mister C
4. Strike Up the Band
5. Birth of the Blues

 

Click here to listen to samples on AllMusic.com

 

 

 

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