Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz 200g LP
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Legendary Rudy Van Gelder Recording!
Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Masters!
200g Vinyl Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
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."
The Original Tape Boxes Included Notes In Braille! This is the second title in the Impulse catalog.
• 200g Vinyl
• Original Impulse Label Recording
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio
• Cut From Original Analog Masters
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Gatefold Jacket
1. From The Heart
2. I've Got News For You
4. Let's Go
5. One Mint Julep
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