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Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic/Speakers Corner 

Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic/Speakers Corner 

Audiophile re-mastered vinyl showcases instrumental prowess of America’s greatest singer!   Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic 1369 (1961)/Speakers Corner (2016) 180-gram mono vinyl, 38:30 ****1/2: (Ray Charles – piano; David “Fathead” Newman – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Emmott Bennios – baritone saxophone; Joseph Bridgewater – trumpet; John Hunt – trumpet; Roosevelt Sheffield – double bass; Oscar Pettiford – double bass; Joe Harris – drums; William Peebles – drums) Ray Charles is such an iconic artist that he is simply known as Ray. He was hugely responsible for bringing R & B into the mainstream culture. More importantly, he crossed over to jazz, rock and country and western with spectacular results. Though he downplayed the “genius” moniker, none other than Frank Sinatra referred to him as the only living musical genius. Billy Joel intoned that he was more influential than Elvis Presley (in contrast to most of the rock and roll establishment). He was the anchor at Atlantic Records in the 50’s and early 60’s with hits like “I Got A Woman”. Ray not only headlined shows at African-American theaters like the Apollo, but was able to play at prestigious mainstream nightclubs and concert halls. Charles left […]

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam Self-Produced, 48:57 ****: (Adrienne Fenemor – B3 organ, vocals; Marvin Horne – guitar; Brian Floody – drums) B3 player adds vocals to her repertoire. The influence of American jazz is global. One of the purely American instrumental genres is the Hammond B3 organ. On the other side of the world, New Zealand native Adrienne Fenemor became a devotee of B3 music. According to her bio, she may be the first B3 player in her country. Studying the recordings of Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Joey DeFrancesco and Jack McDuff, Fenemor began performing at festivals in New Zealand and Australia. Inevitably, she moved to the States, and paid her dues playing through the Midwest. Now relocated to New York, she is a regular on the city jazz scene. Her instrumental album, “Mo Puddin’” has steadily climbed the jazz charts. On Fenemor’s latest release Blues Jam, she has added a new dimension to her impressive B3 licks, vocals. Fronting a classic B3 trio format (Marvin Horne/guitar; Brian Floody/drums), the change in direction is stellar. With a dynamic jazzy agility, a nine-track assortment of covers (and one original composition) showcases the next step in her career trajectory. The […]

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records

James Luther Dickinson – I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Lazarus Edition – Memphis International Records MIR2029 [4/4/2017] mono vinyl ****: A rock and roll pioneer gets a posthumous career boost! (James Luther Dickinson – piano, vocals; backed by North Mississippi Allstars Luther Dickinson – guitar, vocals; Cody Dickinson – drums, vocals; Chris Chew – bass; Jimmy Davis – guitar, vocals, Roland James – guitar; Stan Kessler – guitar; Cowboy Jack Clement – vocals; Billie Lee Riley – harmonica and J.M. Van Eaton – drummer) James Luther “Jim” Dickinson emerged at the end of the Sun Records reign.The singer/pianist played on the last hit for the label, “Cadillac Man”. He became a respected producer for Ardent Studios in Memphis. Eventually, Dickinson returned as a session musician with the highly regarded Dixie Flyers. The group replaced the Muscle Shoals crew for Atlantic Records, backing Aretha Franklin. Additionally they worked with Delaney and Bonnie, Jerry Jeff Walker, Brooke Benton, Ronnie Hawkins, Sam & Dave and Esther Phillips. Dickinson also fronted bands like Mudboy and The Neutrons. He was respected in the rock community playing on records with Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder. He played piano on the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses”. Later […]

Ray Charles – Swiss Radio Days Vol. 41/ Zurich 1961 – TCB

Ray Charles – Swiss Radio Days Vol. 41/ Zurich 1961 – TCB

The jazzy side of Brother Ray… Ray Charles – Swiss Radio Days Vol. 41/ Zurich 1961 – TCB 02412, 78:43 [Distr. by Naxos] (11/11/16) ****: (Ray Charles – piano, vocals; Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt – trumpets; Henderson Chambers, Dickie Wells, Keg Johnson – trombones; Rudy Powell – alto sax; Hank Crawford – alto sax, band leader; David “Fathead” Newman – tenor sax and flute; Don Wilkerson – tenor sax; Leroy Cooper – baritone sax; Elbert Forriest – guitar; Edgar Willis – bass; Bruno Carr – drums; Quincy Jones – arranger {#1, 2, 9-11, 17}. With the Raelettes: Pat Lyles, Margie Hendricks, Gwen Berry, and Darlene McCrea – vocals) Although Ray Charles had been recording for Atlantic Records since 1957, his impact had primarily been in the United States as a rhythm-and-blues artist. In October, 1961, Ray took his full orchestra to Europe in order to expand his stature worldwide. At the beginning of the tour he played in Zurich on Oct. 18, 1961. As part of the Swiss Radio Days Series (now 41 volumes strong), TCB is releasing this date in great digitally-remastered sound. Ray brought an outstanding orchestra to Europe. Four trumpets, three trombones, and […]