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An impossible delight that has been made reality.
on 27 February 2016
This is the impossible recording; Ray Charles singing with the Count Basie Band. I bought this almost ten years ago, and still bring it out to listen to and enjoy when the mood takes me.
The band part was added much later and without Basie himself, and the vocal track from Ray has been enhanced to bring it up to a modern standard. But if one didn't read the Az blurb or the CD notes and one had never heard the magic of Ray Charles in full voice before, one might easily be fooled into thinking this was all recorded live together.
The music is excellent, some of the numbers are lesser known, and good to hear as well as the favourites included. The Az blurb is to the point and die-hard Ray and Basie fans might not like the sound, but the rest of us will be happy to listen to this collaboration that never happened in reality.