I had a couple of Ray Charles albums on CD with aload of the hit song, Hit the Road Jack, Mess Around, etc, and thought that would do me for Mr Charles. I then read the excellent The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records
, by the rather brilliant Ashley Khan. I have, and have since aquired a number of Impulse albums. The first one I bought on vinyl was On Impulse by Sonny Rollins form the "Cheapo" rack Forbes Music Shop in Dundee. I always really liked that album and there was always something about the branding of Impluse that i really liked.
I decided I needed Genius + Soul = Jazz (1961) as it was the second album released on Impulse and thought it sounded like and interesting album with the half Quincey Jone arrangements and half Ralph Burns arrangements. This package, however, also contains My Kind of Jazz (1970) and Jazz Number II (1972) both originally released on the another ABC label Tangerine. The package is rounded off with My Kind of Jazz Part 3 which was released on Ray Charles own Crossover label. The musc throughout is excellent.
The fact that this has been release in the US and not UK is an irrelevance when it is so relatively straightforward and cheap to order this via Amazon Marketplace.
I recommend this to any Ray Charles fan. This is really Soul/R&B with some mild jazz flavouring but that is the beauty of Ray Charles, he wasn't too interested in conforming to genre. The attempts to fit him into various genres was really a marketing ploy, not his idea at all, but it more often paid off that not and here is does and how.