Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ray Charles - The Genius After Hours

Taken from the same three sessions as The Great Ray Charles but not duplicating any of the performances, this set casts Charles as a jazz-oriented pianist in an instrumental setting. Brother Charles has five numbers with a trio (three songs have Oscar Pettiford on bass) and jams on three other tunes ("Hornful Soul," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and "Joy Ride") with a septet arranged by Quincy Jones; solo space is given to David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and alto and trumpeter Joseph Bridgewater. Fine music -- definitely a change of pace for Ray Charles. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

This is a rare opportunity to hear Ray playing straight ahead jazz with legends Joe Harris on drums and Oscar Pettiford walking the bass. Listen to Ray bop along side Joe as he stirs the soup on the brushes during "Dawn Ray". Make no mistake this rhythm section swings hard; after all bop mastro Dizzy Gillespie hired Joe to play drums in his band during the mid 1940's. Enjoy all 38 minutes! - by Ben Bailey,

Artist: Ray Charles
Album: The Genius After Hours
Year: 1961
Label: Atlantic (2001)
Runtime: 38:33

1.  The Genius After Hours (Ray Charles) 5:24
2.  Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller/Harry Brooks/Andy Razaf) 5:40
3.  Dawn Ray (Ray Charles) 5:03
4.  Joy Ride (Ray Charles) 4:39
5.  Hornful Soul (Ray Charles) 5:29
6.  The Man I Love (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 4:26
7.  Charlesville (Ray Charles) 4:55
8.  Music, Music, Music (Stephan Weiss/Bernie Baum) 2:53

Ray Charles (Piano)
Roosevelt Sheffield (Double Bass) - 1,2,4,5,7
William Peeples (Drums) - 1,2,4,5,7
Joseph Bridgewater (Trumpet) - 2,5
John Hunt (Trumpet) - 2,4,5
Dave "Fathead" Newman (Tenor and Alto Saxophone) - 2,4,5
Emmott Dennis (Baritone Saxophone) - 2,5
Oscar Pettiford (Double Bass) - 3,6,8
Joe Harris (Drums) - 3,8


  1. It's a shame Ray Charles didn't record many more straight ahead jazz sessions... I guess there's only another one with Milt Jackson...
    Wonderful record, thank you so much!

  2. Thanks, this non-vocal disc is 'unusual' from RC.




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