Post Tagged with: "Ray Charles"

Paul Carrack – Rain or Shine (2013)

Paul Carrack – Rain or Shine (2013)

In an age when his contemporaries take three, five even seven years between studio projects, Paul Carrack is already back with another blend of blue-eyed soul originals and choice covers — a trio of which pay direct tribute to Ray Charles.

David Cain, with Paul Wertico – Feast for the Senses (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nd2Le9SHeU&w=500&h=305] An evening of improvised music becomes a thrilling journey into the imaginations of multi-instrumentalist David Cain and Grammy-awarding winning drummer Paul Wertico.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Live and Reissues

Live albums and reissue projects often do much to shape the broader idea we have about a musical legacy, and this year was no different — with impressive sets devoted to Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and the Smiths

Ray Charles – Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (2011)

Ray Charles – Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (2011)

The range and scope of Ray Charles’ talent could never be contained within one genre, no matter its lasting joys.

Ray Charles – Live in France 1961 (2011)

Ray Charles – Live in France 1961 (2011)

Here’s unearthed new proof of Ray Charles’ still-underrated creativity, unerring rhythmic ear and undeniable moxie as a jazz musician.

Bobby Whitlock on "Layla," "Beware of Darkness," "Thorn in the Garden": Gimme Five

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, who rose to fame as a composer and sideman alongside Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

One Track Mind: Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Losing Hand” (2011)

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis continue a stirringly offbeat musical dialogue begun with their 2008 release Two Men with the Blues, this time focusing on the music of Ray Charles.

Deep Cuts: Ray Charles, "Am I Blue" (1959)

“Am I Blue” is a largely forgotten argument for Ray Charles’ striking ability to synthesize jazz, blues, country and gospel into music with a broader appeal. That’s saying something, considering that it appears on The Genius of Ray Charles, a half-big band/half-strings Atlantic release that became one of his most celebrated efforts. Charles effortlessly melds both the secular and sacredRead More

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David “Fathead” Newman, one of our favorite tenor men, has passed after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. A Dallas native, Newman left college to tour with Charlie Parker’s mentor, Buster Smith. He then found fame as a sideman with Ray Charles, spending 12 seminal years in his band beginning in 1954 as the foundation of modernRead More

David "Fathead" Newman – House of David (1993)

NICK DERISO: Take some time with this one, which underscores the impressive contributions of a guy who first blew us away backing up with bluesman ZuZu Bollin, later came to fame playing a sideman’s role with Ray Charles, made some bold moves in jazz — then settled into R&B and pop-influenced fusion. This two-disc anthology does a good job ofRead More

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