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Swiss Radio Days: Ray Charles Orchestra, Vol. 41

By David Newman

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By David Newman, Dickie Wells, Don Wilkerson, Edgar Willis, Elbert "Sonny" Forriest, Hank Crawford, Henderson Chambers, John Hunt, Keg Johnson, Leroy Cooper, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Guilbeau, Ray Charles Orchestra, Rudy Powell, Wallace Davenport, and Ray Charles. By Benny Davis, Cecil Gant, Hank Crawford, J. Russel Robinson, Sonny Stit, Stuart Gorell, Titus Turner, Hoagy Carmichael, Ray Charles (1930-2004), Erroll Garner, Quincy Jones, Harold Arlen, Benny Golson, Ernie Wilkins, and Percy Mayfield. Jazz. CD (1 disc). Naxos #TCB 02412. Published by Naxos (NX.TCB-02412).

Item Number: NX.TCB-02412

This release contains legendary concert recordings by a young Ray Charles and his big band in Zurich, 1961. This concert was the start of a tour that would be crucial for Charles and his career - he was about to become a big world star. Ray Charles - The genius, best known for his hits like Hit the Road Jack, I Got a Woman and Georgia on My Mind - was a rising star when performing in Zurich with his big band in 1961. The big band on this release, appeared to be an ideal platform for what he had in mind to create jazzy music that he would mark with his own stamp by adding vast touches of soul and rhythm'n blues. With a remarkably balanced repertoire and brilliantly devised full orchestral tutties, at the time of this tour, Ray Charles' Big Band was at it's peak to deliver the singer's deliberately flashy musical credo "Genius Soul = Jazz".

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