Here We Go Again: Celebrating The Genius Of Ray Charles

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis Featuring Norah Jones
March 29, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 25, 2011
  • Release Date: March 25, 2011
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 1:01:48
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  • ASIN: B004RCFWQO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,562 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

No, I really did not like this album, and cannot give it any sort of a recommendation.
Kurt A. Johnson
This CD (12 tracks) opens with great track "Hallelujah I Love Her So" with Willie Nelson on vocals & Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, great combination.
M. Mariba
Willie shows his versatility by performing with other artists of different musical genres and yet his layed back renditions are so Willie!
S. Peters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Last year's release of the "Two Men With The Blues" - a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis - on both CD and and DVD received lots of media attention. It was an interesting concept but didn't quite work perfectly for me. This follow-up release - which was actually released on DVD in 2009, but making its AUDIO appearance in 2011 - works much better. And, no its not because of the addition of singer Norah Jones. Nelson seems much "looser" (if that's the proper term) than on the "Blues" release. Just listen to him on "Unchain My Heart" where he actually sounds aggressive - not an adjective often applied to Nelson's laid-back style of singing. That track is one of the highlights for other reasons. Drummer Ali Jackson (a long time member of Marsalis' band) has a great percussion solo - followed by a nice trumpet solo by Marsalis - that precedes Nelson's vocal refrain. If the album had just this track and the closer - "What'd I Say" with vocals by Nelson, Jones and Marsalis - it would be worth getting. Not everything is as perfect. Nelson and Jones duet on "Cryin' time and both their vocals sound weak. But one weak track out of 12 - and all have a length that allows for instrumental solos - is not bad.

The CD is a tribute to the songs associated with Ray Charles, with more emphasis on the jazz and R&B than on his "country music period", and all the hits are hit - along with a few more obscure Charles recordings like "I Love You So Much".

This should appeal to both jazz and Nelson's "classic country"/pop music fans.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on March 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic CD collaboration & release by the legendary country music icon Willie Nelson & jazz maestro/trumpeter/saxophonist Wynton Marsalis featuring the multi-Grammy award songstress Norah Jones, titled 'Here We Go Again'. This great jazz album is a celebration of the late great bluesman, Ray Charles's great hits : their musical presentation/interpretation/artistry is fantastic (great jazz grand-piano & trumpet/saxophone combination with great vocals by Willie Nelson as well as by Norah Jones!). This CD (12 tracks) opens with great track "Hallelujah I Love Her So" with Willie Nelson on vocals & Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, great combination. Other great tracks include "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (featuring Norah Jones), "Losing Hand", "I'm Moving On" (rather racy-tempo track), "Making Whoopee" (featuring Norah Jones), & "I Love You So Much It Hurts". Solid tracks include "Unchain My Heart" (racy-tempo track with wonderful high pitched vocals by Willie Nelson), "Cryin' Time" (a wonderful country ballad with great deep Willie Nelson voice & Norah Jones vocal combination!), "Busted", "Here We Go Again" (featuring Norah Jones) & "What'd I Say" (beautiful piano/trumpet/flute combination, featuring Norah Jones). There is no weak track from this CD to really talk of. The CD has great quality sound & all-round well produced. On overall, this is a fantastic celebration of Ray Charles's great blues hits in the best way possible by these musical greats (Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis featuring Norah Jones on 6 tracks), a highly recommended CD.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Traiger on April 13, 2011
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No three musicians could be more different than Wynton, Willie, and Nora. Yet, when they come together on this CD, the results are nothing less than magic. Before I first played the CD, I really didn't know what to expect. Then, from the first track, I knew this CD is special, and it just got better and better. There's so much to praise about this CD that it's difficult to know where to start, so here are the major areas that make this CD magic: (1) Performers -- fresh and alluring solos, duets, and trios, (2) Instrumentation -- supurb improvisations from the sax, trumpet, harmonica, drums, piano, and bass, (3) Set list -- excellent selection of tunes, styles and rhythms (remembering Ray Charles) and, (4) Production -- great job from Blue Note for its high sound quality and balance from a live performance. This CD truly needs to be a serious contender for an award; in fact, it needs to win one. We desperately need more of this kind of collaboration as, in this case, the results are indeed magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Thomas on July 3, 2011
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This trio of Willie, Nora and Marsalis is a great tribute to Ray Charles and his music. Extremely well done and is no problem to listen to over and over and over....

Now on to their other albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marty B on September 24, 2011
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This is a delightful combination of artists. I was looking for another Nora Jones when I found this. I would have liked more of Nora Jones, but Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis are always good listening.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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I wanted to like this CD. I admire Willie Nelson for taking risks (his Stardust is, hands down, the best contemporary take on The Great American Songbook, a term I don't like very much). Same with Norah Jones. She seems game for anything - just listen to her singing Spaghetti Western music on Rome. Wynton Marsalis, I don't know very well - my son the Jazz Studies major does not have much respect for him, but I make my own decisions. Sorry to say, for the most part this CD is a miss for me.

Chief among the weaknesses is Mr. Willie Nelson. His phrasing is often bizarre and he swallows his words, a real problem with a live recording. Mainly he just doesn't have the pizazz needed to sell many of these songs. His brand of soul is too mellow, he just has no edge, in my opinion anyway. His duet with Norah Jones on Cryin' Time made ME want to cry. I'm sure she would have done a fine job by herself but was humiliated by the necessity of harmonizing with Willie.

A second weakness is the conceit of classifying each song according to tempo. For example, Makin' Whoopee is, we are advised, a Hard-Bop 2-beat/ 4/4 Swing. I'm sure that means something to the jazz afficionados who pick up this CD, but they are probably busy cringing at Willie's vocal stylings. It might refer more to the instrumental portions of the songs, which are pretty darned great for the most part. This is obviously a first-class ensemble.

The third problem I have with the CD are the songs themselves. Maybe half of them were iconically performed by Ray Charles. The rest would be recognizable as RC songs only by hardcore fans. So perhaps his name was somewhat unjustifiably appropriated to attract an audience and get people to buy the CD.
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