Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
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Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz

Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz

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Ray Charles - piano, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ray Charles]

December 26, 1960, session (A1-3, B2-4) : 

Clark Terry, Phillip Guilbeau, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Snooky Young – trumpets

Urbie Green, Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell – trombones

Marshal Royal, Frank Wess – alto saxophones

Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell – tenor saxophones

Charlie Fowlkes – baritone saxophone

Freddie Green – guitar

Eddie Jones – bass

Sonny Payne – drums

December 27, 1960, session (A4-5, B1, B5) :

Clark Terry, Phillip Guilbeau, Jimmy Nottingham, Joe Wilder, John Frosk – trumpets

Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Keg Johnson, George Matthews – trombones

George Dorsey, Earle Warren – alto saxophones

Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell – tenor saxophones

Haywood Henry – baritone saxophone

Sam Herman – guitar

Joe Benjamin – bass

Roy Haynes – drums



1 LP, gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Acoustic Sounds Series

Original Label : Impulse

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 26 & 27, 1960

Produced by Creed Taylor

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1961

Reissued in 2021



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


Reviews :

"One of the best early-'60s examples of soul-jazz crossover, this record, like several of his dates from the period, featured big-band arrangements (played by the Count Basie band). This fared better than some of Charles' similar outings, however, if only because it muted some of his straight pop aspirations in favor of some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks. Most of the album is instrumental and swings vivaciously, although Charles does take a couple of vocals with "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "I've Got News for You." Yet one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits." AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

"Genius + Soul = Jazz is a winner, now sounding better than ever. I like this reissue so much I'll probably not play my original again since it isn't in quite as nice condition. In fact, I'm not sure if I really need to even keep my original in the collection at this point given the quality of this reissue. And that is probably the best complement I can offer." — Mark Smotroff, Audiophile Review, May 17, 2021


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,3 / 5

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