The Best of Ray Charles

The Best of Ray Charles is a compilation album released in 1970 on the Atlantic Jazz label, featuring previously released instrumental (non-vocal) tracks recorded by Ray Charles between November 1956 and November 1958.

The Best of Ray Charles
Greatest hits album by Ray Charles
Released 1970
Genre R&B, Jazz
Length 34:06
Label Atlantic

The instrumental, "Rockhouse" would later be covered, as "Ray's Rockhouse" (1985), by The Manhattan Transfer with lyrics by Jon Hendricks.

Track listing

  1. "Hard Times" (Mitchell) – 4:39
  2. "Rockhouse" (Charles) – 3:50
  3. "Sweet Sixteen Bars" (Charles) – 4:04
  4. "Doodlin'" (Silver) – 5:49
  5. "How Long Blues" (Carr) – 9:15
  6. "Blues Waltz" (Charles) – 6:29

Personnel

"Hard Times"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • David Newman – alto sax
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone sax
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • Edgar Willis – bass
  • Milton Turner – drums
  • Recorded on November 5, 1958
  • Recording engineer: Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"Rockhouse"

  • Tenor sax solo by David Newman
  • Other personnel not mentioned (possibly same as Track 4)
  • Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"Sweet Sixteen Blues"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • Roosevelt Sheffield - bass
  • William Peeples – drums
  • Recorded on November 26, 1956
  • Recording engineers: Earle Brown and Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"Doodlin'"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • David Newman – tenor sax
  • Emmott Dennis – baritone sax
  • Joseph Bridgewater – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Roosevelt Sheffield - bass
  • William Peeples – drums
  • Trumpet solo by John Hunt
  • Arranger: Quincy Jones
  • Recorded on November 26, 1956
  • Recording engineers: Earle Brown and Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

"How Long Blues"

  • Ray Charles – alto sax and piano
  • Milt Jackson – vibraharp (and piano during Ray Charles’ alto sax chorus and Pettiford’s first chorus on bass)
  • Billy Mitchell – tenor sax
  • Skeeter Best - guitar
  • Oscar Pettiford – bass
  • Connie Kay – drums
  • Recorded on September 12, 1957
  • Recording engineer: Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun

"Blues Waltz"

  • Ray Charles – piano
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone sax
  • David Newman – tenor sax
  • Lee Harper – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave - trumpet
  • Edgar Willis – bass
  • Richie Goldberg – drums
  • Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, on July 5, 1958
  • Recording engineers: Harold Chapman and Tom Dowd
  • Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun

Other credits

  • Sleevenotes: Ralph J. Gleason
  • Cover photo: Ray Ross
  • Cover design: Loring Eutemey

Chart positions

Chart (2013) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[1] 200

References

  1. [2007&cat=a "Lescharts.com – Ray Charles – The Best Of Ray Charles [2007]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  • Atlantic Records 1543
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