Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)

Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles) is a 1993 studio album by Shirley Horn, recorded in tribute to Ray Charles. [1]

Light Out of Darkness
(A Tribute to Ray Charles)
Studio album by Shirley Horn
Released 1993
Recorded April 30 and May 1–3, 1993, Clinton Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 62:53
Label Verve
Producer Shirley Horn, Sheila Mathis, Richard Seidel, Lynn Butterer
Shirley Horn chronology
Here's to Life
(1992)Here's to Life1992
Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)
I Love You, Paris
(1994)I Love You, Paris1994


Professional ratings
Review scores

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album four stars and said that "...Horn sounds nothing like Charles, but she sometimes captures his spirit...While emphasizing ballads, as one always expects, this is a fun set that includes more medium-tempo tunes than usual for a Shirley Horn set". [1]

Track listing

  1. "Hit the Road Jack" (Percy Mayfield) – 3:11
  2. "Just a Little Lovin'" (Eddy Arnold, Zeke Clements) – 4:07
  3. "You Don't Know Me" (Arnold, Cindy Walker) – 2:58
  4. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover) – 5:04
  5. "Hard Hearted Hannah" (Milton Ager, Charles Bates, Bob Bigelow, Jack Yellen) – 3:36
  6. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 5:20
  7. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:54
  8. "Bein' Green" (Joe Raposo) – 3:16
  9. "Bye Bye Love" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) – 5:26
  10. "The Sun Died" (Ray Charles, Hubert Giraud, Anne Gregory, Pierre Delanoë) – 5:39
  11. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:01
  12. "If You Were Mine" (James Lewis) – 3:25
  13. "I Got a Man" (Charles, Renald Richard) – 3:25
  14. "Just for a Thrill" (Lil Armstrong, Don Raye) – 4:25
  15. "Light Out of Darkness" (Charles, Rick Ward) – 5:25


  • Shirley Horn – piano, vocals, producer
  • Gary Bartz – alto saxophone
  • Charles Ables – guitar, electric bass
  • Tyler Mitchell – double bass
  • Steve Williams – drums
  • The Hornettes – vocal ("Hit the Road Jack")
  • Dave Baker – engineer, mixing
  • Lynn Butterer – assistant producer, post production assistant, pre-production assistant
  • Suzanne Dyer – assistant engineer
  • Robert Friedrich – assistant engineer
  • Nate Herr – production coordination
  • Jimmy Katz – photography
  • Dan Kincaid – mastering
  • Michael Klotz – design
  • Sheila Mathis – production coordination
  • Richard Seidel – executive producer
  • Camille Tominaro – project coordinator


  1. "Light out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)". Allmusic. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
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