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Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz

37 jazzy bluesy swingin’ gorgeous tunes spread over two soul-edifying discs.

Here are the details:

Genius + Soul = Jazz is a 1961 album by Ray Charles featuring big band arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns. Charles is accompanied by two groups drawn from members of The Count Basie Band and from the ranks of top New York session players. It was recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in two sessions on December 26 and 27, 1960 and originally released on the Impulse! label as Impulse! A–2.

The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. It was re-issued in the UK, first in 1989 on the Castle Communications “Essential Records” label, and by Rhino Records in 1997 on a single CD together with Charles’ 1970 My Kind of Jazz. In 2010, Concord Records released a deluxe edition comprising digitally remastered versions of Genius + Soul = Jazz, My Kind of Jazz, Jazz Number II, and My Kind of Jazz Part 3.

So this set I have here (the 2010 edition) contains four albums (plus a bonus track) in one gorgeous collection! Hot damn!

And you know what I’m gonna say about the music, too, right? This is my wheelhouse! I love this stuff! I grew up on big band at my Nana’s house, and played it myself in the school bands. Just everything about it. Yes.

In Sum:

It’s all freakin’ gorgeous.

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