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Genius + Soul = Jazz [CD]

Ray Charles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B006GP3SGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Blues
11. Let The Good Times Roll"

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Featuring the Count Basie band and arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns, Genius + Soul = Jazz was another attempt by Ray Charles to close the gap between musical genres, in this case soul and jazz. As such it would turn out to be one of the most successful crossover albums of the early 1960s and even gave Ray a surprise hit with his cover of One Mint Julep. It would hit #4 on the Billboard pop charts and #10 on the jazz chart when reissued in 1988.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy! 4 Sep 2014
By John G
Format:Audio CD
Lovely album with Charles mostly on Hammond, with the Basie Orchestra and arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. BUT as another review points out, the transfer is dreadful, Hallmark should be ashamed! Muffled, distant and compressed, just awful.
I binned it and bought the DCC version which is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 11 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for a Ray Charles fan who absolutely loves it and would definitely recommend to other Ray Charles fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love Ray but not this one 31 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Ray Charles but the quality of the recording on this CD is terrible I though my hi-fi had major problem when I first put the CD on. It's a very muffled sound quality, and worst of all Ray only sing on 2 of the tracks. There are much better recording of Ray Charles so go for one of those.
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2.0 out of 5 stars lousy transfer of a SUPERB album 19 Dec 2013
By Chasm
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have this on LP and bought the CD for the car. I have numerous CD transfers of (mainly classical) albums dating back to the 1930s - this one sounds compressed, muffled and unbelievably boring. Very little of the music's excitement and energy gets through. What a shame.
Just to be clear: this is one of the great Ray Charles albums. The music is worth 5 stars, the transfer minus 1, so average... two!
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