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Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours (Speakers Corner, 180g)

Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne


No ifs and buts! Ray Charles belongs in every jazz collection. Friends of pure jazz tend to forget this in the light of his numerous hits in categories such as gentle ballads, and even country and western songs, and rhythm’n’blues during the more than 60 years of Charles’ extremely successful (also financially speaking) career.

The producer Neshui Ertegun gathered together a star-studded cast for this Atlantic Records studio recording. There was David Newman on the tenor sax, Joe Harris on the drums, and even Oscar Pettiford on the bass. Not forgetting Ray Charles himself who was an excellent jazz pianist.

The studio was saturated with the blues! A relaxed mood prevailed, just as one might imagine it. The musicians came to the studio after a concert, they were completely drained, worn out, exhausted: they had the blues and then they played the blues.

Even a standard work such as Gershwin’s "The Man I Love" was turned into an elegy. Only "Ain’t Misbehavin’", which reminds one more of Earl Hines than Fats Waller, and "Charlesville" - a fast blues number - were treated to a change of tempo.

"The Genius After Hours" is a self-portrait that exhibits the less well-known talents of this exceptional artist during the second half of the last century. It makes great listening for all lovers of jazz, soul, blues, rhythm’n’blues, country and western, pop, funk … You name it, Charles has got it!

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

"The Genius After Hours" - Ray Charles (p); Dave 'Fathead' Newman (as, ts); Emmott Dennis (bs); Joseph Bridgewater, John Hunt (tp); Roosevelt Sheffield, Oscar Pettiford (b); Joe Harris, William Peebles (dr)

Recording: April 1956 and September 1957 in New York City in mono

Production: Nesuhi Ertegun & Jerry Wexler

Catalog: Atlantic 1369

Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve

Manufacturer: Speakers Corner

Original label: Atlantic

Release details

Label: Speakers Corner Records, Atlantic
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2016


A1 The Genius After Hours
A2 Ain'T Misbehavin'
A3 Dawn Ray
A4 Joy Ride
B1 Hornful Soul
B2 The Man I Love
B3 Charlesville
B4 Music, Music, Music