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Genius + Soul = Jazz [Expanded Edition] [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Ray Charles Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B002MHTHQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. From The Heart
2. I've Got News For You
3. Moanin'
4. Let's Go
5. One Mint Julep
6. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
7. Stompin' Room Only
8. Mister C
9. Strike Up The Band
10. Birth Of The BluesMy Kind Of Jazz
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Our Suite
2. A Pair Of Threes
3. Morning of Carnival
4. Going Home
5. Kids Are Pretty People
6. Togetherness
7. Brazilian SkiesMy Kind Of Jazz III
8. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
9. For Her
10. Sister Sadie
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

How is it that this landmark soul-jazz crossover has been unavailable for 15 years? Ray's 1960 big-band classic is back and joined by all three My Kind of Jazz LPs he put out from 1970-75 (plus a bonus version of Misty )! His hits One Mint Julep; I've Got News for You; I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town , and Booty Butt join his spins on Sidewinder; Bluesette; This Here; Sister Sadie; Moanin' , and more.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ray Charles' helped inaugurate the Impulse! label with this 1961 release, the label's second album. Produced by Creed Taylor, and recorded in the same New Jersey studios that hosted Jimmy Smith and other Blue Note greats, Charles sat himself behind a Hammond B-3 and together with key members of the Count Basie band, he swung arrangements written by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. From the opening horn stabs of "From the Heart" it's clear that this band plays big, brassy and hard, yet Charles keeps it cool on the organ, and his two vocal numbers ("I've Got News For You" and "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"), are blue and soulful. Charles gave the band and its soloists plenty of room to shine, but when his keys step to the front, such as his growling lead on "One Mint Julep," it's clear whose leading the sessions.

Concord's two-CD reissue adds three albums that Charles recorded in the 1970s: My Kind of Jazz (1970), Jazz Number II (1972) and My Kind of Jazz Part 3 (1975). These are primarily instrumental albums and are filled with the sort of charts used to warm up audiences at Charles' live shows. There is a generous helping of 3/4 jazz waltzes and Latin rhythms. Recorded with his road band, the lineup is filled with instrumental stars, including Blue Mitchell, Joe Randazzo, Clifford Scott, David "Fathead" Newman and many others. Highlights include the Stax-styled groove of "Booty-Butt" and a bubbly take on Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an impassable compilation for any Charle's fan February 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This 2 disc compilation contains 4 of Ray's albums, although the most popular being the title which is the first half of the first disc. Genius + Soul is mainly organ instrumentals of Ray Charles swinging to standard jazz/blues arrangements with the Basie orchestra. Ray Charles put soul behind the organ which in no way overpowers the orchestra and perfectly blends into the swing. The number Ray does sing on are some of the strongest pieces like I've Got News for You or I'm Gonna Move, which are two blues songs accompanies by strong organ solos and soulful singing. The greatest song is possibly One Mint Julep, which is a Quincy Jones arrangement and features some of the strongest soloing I've heard in soul music. The other 3 albums included are nowhere near as strong as the first featured, but do have a few good songs. Mainly laid back jazz standards with Ray Charles blending in with the orchestra. The first album is the main reason to buy this, but the other 3 included albums do not hurt this set, only add more value since we are getting more of Ray Charle's recordings from different time periods. So Ray Charle's only main album that he exclusively uses organ as well as the perfect blend of organ soloing and band swing make this one of Ray's strongest ABC albums, and is in my top 5 Ray Charles albums of all time, along with One Mint Julep being in my top 5 Ray Charles songs of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None of these tracks.... December 26, 2013
Format:Audio CD
One star? The original release of this album was GREAT, easily 5 stars! What's interesting about the information provided here is that not a single one of the tracks listed appeared on the original 1961 release. The original tracks were "From The Heart"; "I've Got News For You"; "Moanin'"; "Let's Go"; "One Mint Julep"; "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town"; "Stompin' Room Only"; "Mister C"; "Strike Up The Band"; and "Birth Of The Blues."

Anybody out there who can explain that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is an illegal copy of the record! March 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When this record came as a CD I was suspect since this was originally released in the 1950's as vinyl.
The CD was low volume and somewhat muffled it was missing the highs and lows and general poorer quality than even ripping my own vinyl records.
It was obviously copied and not remastered.

Although it came in a shrink wrap, there was no UPC code or retail label.

This was made in somebody's basement or China.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor fidelity and listening quality. November 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This particular reissue of it had very poor fidelity. I cannot even stand to listen to it a 2nd time and have reordered it through Ebay by another label. This label from Amazon should not be sold, it is poor to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation wit a lot of big band sound June 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I personally think this is one of the best albums around. My love for big band music such as this as well as anything to do with Ray Charles makes this album such a treasure. I find it hard to believe that so few know about it or have heard the albums it contains. Apparently they're less popular or "not as good". Ray has tons of "all-star" musicians in his bands and it makes for a great listen. Solos and arrangements are swinging. Never gets old. I can listen over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles Big Band Jazz May 29, 2012
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This is a tremendous double CD set. It's actually 4 albums plus an additional bonus track. Disc 1 features arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. Disc 2 has arrangements by Roger Neumann, Alf Clausen, Teddy Edwards and Jimmy Heath. The personnel passing through includes many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, "Snookie" Young and Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Urbie Green and Steve Turre on trombone, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Frank Foster and "Fathead" Newman on sax, Freddie Green on guitar and Sonny Payne and Roy Haynes on drums. Of course there's Ray Charles himself on piano, organ and a few vocals. With so many members from the Count Basie band this is a great lineup. If you love Big Band and Ray Charles the way that I do this must be in your collection.
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