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Ray Charles Sings, Basie Swings

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Ray Sings, Basie Swings

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Ray Charles
Producers:
Concord
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a B+

Ray Sings, Basie Swings grafts Charles’ vocals from mid-’70s European concerts onto new studio takes by the present-day Basie Orchestra. So we get a dead-legend singer fronting a great leader’s ghost band. The idea is icky. The arrangements pack punch but lack invention. Yet here’s Charles singing classics like ”Busted” and ”I Can’t Stop Loving You,” even covering ”The Long and Winding Road,” at his expressive height.