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Ray Charles Orchestra: Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 41

Read "Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 41" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

1961 was a classic jazz vintage for Ray Charles. That was the year he delivered unto us Genius + Soul = Jazz (Impulse!, 1961), and the year he took Europe by storm with a big band in tow. He was in good voice and spirits, he had top quality charts in his book--a good number from ...

Ray Charles: The Complete ABC Recordings 1959-1961

Read "Ray Charles: The Complete ABC Recordings 1959-1961" reviewed by Chris May

Ray CharlesThe Complete ABC Recordings 1959-1961Le Chant du Monde2012At first glance, it's a mystery. Why choose 1961 as the cut-off point for a collection spanning the first years of singer/keyboardist Ray Charles' lengthy tenure with ABC-Paramount? Extend that to 1962, and even within the 3-CD confines of The ...

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Leroy Cooper Musician in Charles Band Dies

Leroy Cooper played baritone saxophone with the Ray Charles band in the 1950s through the '70s. His tenure with the band included recording sessions that yielded the film theme In the Heat of the Night and Charles rendition of America, the Beautiful." Leroy Cooper, 80, who played baritone saxophone for Ray Charles from the 1950s through ...


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