‘THE RAY’

Even though I’ve loved Ray Charles forever it somehow eluded me that he played clean, swinging and funk-infused bop piano and did so in depth on a 1957 album called ‘The Great Ray Charles’ (Atlantic, 1957). Here’s ‘The Ray’, by Quincy Jones, the opening track and the one that sets the standard for the whole album. The arrangement is crisp, Charles’ piano is superb and the audio is wonderfully dry and incisive…

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