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Format: CD
Sku: 61705749
UPC: 013431224822
UPC 14: 00013431224822
Release Date: 8/31/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Here We Go Again - (featuring Norah Jones) ~ Ray Charles
2. Sweet Potato Pie - (featuring James Taylor) ~ Ray Charles
3. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Diana Krall) ~ Ray Charles
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - (featuring Elton John) ~ Ray Charles
5. Fever - (featuring Natalie Cole) ~ Ray Charles
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - (featuring Bonnie Raitt) ~ Ray Charles
7. It Was A Very Good Year - (featuring Willie Nelson) ~ Ray Charles
8. Hey Girl - (featuring Michael McDonald) ~ Ray Charles
9. Sinner's Prayer - (featuring B.B. King) ~ Ray Charles
10. Heaven Help Us All - (featuring Gladys Knight) ~ Ray Charles
11. Over The Rainbow - (featuring Johnny Mathis) ~ Ray Charles
12. Crazy Love - (live, featuring Van Morrison) ~ Ray Charles
 
Ray Charles

During a career that spans nearly six decades, Ray Charles, a 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner and an original inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has appeared on more than 250 recordings.

Ray Charles recently received the NAACP Image Awards "Hall of Fame" honor and was named a "Cultural Treasure" by the City of Los Angeles. The area outside his central Los Angeles studios, which was declared an historic landmark, has also been renamed "Ray Charles Square."

Genius Loves Company stands as a remarkable hallmark in a remarkable career. In his brilliant debut for Concord Records, Ray sings a dozen duets with a dazzling array of guest artists from virtually every genre, who have won a combined 79 Grammy Awards.

"Charles seemed to have brought out the best in everyone...  jazzreview.com

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ray Charles (piano, keyboards); Ray Charles (vocals); B.B. King, Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); Norah Jones (vocals, piano); Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboards); Diana Krall, Elton John, Fonzi Thornton, James Taylor , Johnny Mathis, Tawatha Agee, Van Morrison, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Vaneese Thomas (vocals); Michael Hart Thompson , Irvin (Magic) Kramer, Irv Kramer (guitar); Elenore Choate (harp); David Stenske (violin, viola); Dynell Weber, Jennifer Munday, Brian Benning, Jennifer Walton, Irina Voloshina, Songa Lee, Anatoly Rosinsky, Johana Krejci, Todor Pelev, Robert Matsuda, Ken Yerke, Ronald Folsom, Jaroslav Kettner, Paul Manaster, Tricia Lee, Leslie Brown Katz, Reginald Clews, Kathleen Robertson , Amy Wickman Guerra, David Kilbride, Edith Markman, Leslie Brown, Gerry Hilera, Edmund Stein, Franklyn D'Antonio, Zheng Wang, Michele Richards, Dennis Molchan, Horia Moroaica, Xiao Niu He, Alwyn Wright, Alan Ellsworth, Sai Ly Acosta, Alicia Engley, Igor Pandurski, North Wood, Nick Grant, Vladimir Polimatidi, Charles Everett, Joel Derouin, Julie Rogers, Kirstin Fife, Raymond Kobler, Nancy Roth, Margaret Wooten, Daphne Chen, Armen Garabedian, Michael Markman, Berj Garabedian, Ronald Clark (violin); Shawn Mann, Carolyn Riley, Raymond Tischer, Andrew Picken, Suzanna Giordono, Edward Persi, John Acevedo, Maria Newman, Dave Walther , Briana Bandy, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Samuel Formicola, Shanti Randall, Robert Berg (viola); Trevor Handy, Timothy Landauer, Steve Richarads, Martha Lippi, Yang-Qin Zhao, Kevan Torfeh, John Acosta , Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Armen Ksadjikian, Rudolph Stein, John Krovoza, Steve Richards , Stefanie Fife (cello); Greg Huckins, Steve Kujala (flute); Charles Boito, Don Markese (clarinet); Joseph Stone (oboe, English horn); Leanne Becknell (oboe); John Mitchell J. , David Riddles (bassoon); Brandon Fields (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bob Shepard, Rev. Dave Boruff, Tom Saviano (saxophone); Charles Pillow, Martin Winning (tenor saxophone); Matt Holland, Gary Grant, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Kievit, Larry Hall , Rick Baptist, Walt Fowler , Wayne Bergeron, Dennis Farias, Tony Kadleck, Charlie Davis (trumpet); Suzette Moriarty, Phillip Yao , Patricia Skye, Joe Meyer , Richard Todd , Kurt Snyder (French horn); Charlie Morillas, Alexander Isles, Robert Sanders, Andrew Martin , Bob McChesney, Bruce Fowler (trombone); Clarence McDonald (piano); Billy Preston (Hammond b-3 organ); Trey Henry (double bass, bass guitar); Karl Vincent, Dave Stone , Ken Wild, Richard Shaw , Tim Christensen (double bass); David Hayes, Abraham Laboriel, Sr. , Tom Fowler (bass guitar); Raymond Brinker, John "4 Daddman" Robinson (drums); Scott Higgins (timpani); Wally Snow, Mark Converse (percussion); Danny Jacob, George Marinelli, Jeff Mironov, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson , George Doering, Charles Fearing (guitar); Randy Waldman (piano, keyboards); Alan Pasqua (piano); Michael Bearden (keyboards); James Gadson, Jim Keltner, Ray Brinker, Shawn Pelton (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Al Schmidt; Al Schmitt.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: John Burk; David R. Legry.
Muze PNote Recording information: Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Brothers Studios, Burban (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Henson Studios (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Right Track Recordings, New York, NY (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); RPM International Studio, Los Angeles, CA (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Awards, In The Broadway Ballr (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); The Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Brothers Studios, Bu (06/12/2003-03/??/2004); the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA (06/12/2003-03/??/2004).
Muze PNote Authors: Ray Charles; Norah Jones; Diana Krall; Elton John; Natalie Cole; Bonnie Raitt; Willie Nelson; Michael McDonald ; B.B. King; Gladys Knight; Van Morrison; James Taylor; James "J.T." Taylor ; Johnny "Country" Mathis.
Muze PNote Photographers: George Marinelli; Dennis Shirley; Norman Seeff; Vitaliano Napolitano; John Jennings.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Randy Waldman; Clarence McDonald; David Blumberg; Victor Vanacore.
Muze PNote Though Ray Charles, one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, was never in need of vocal assistance, he was no stranger to duets either (one of his finest records is a duet album with Betty Carter). For as much of a musical giant as he was, Brother Ray knew how to share the spotlight, as evidenced by GENIUS LOVES COMPANY, his final project before his 2004 passing. In keeping with the eclectic nature of Charles's artistry, he partners with a wide assortment of performers here.
Muze PNote Charles is joined by Elton John on a soulful exploration of the latter's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and sidles up next to Willie Nelson for a haunting version of the Frank Sinatra hit "It Was a Very Good Year," made all the more poignant in retrospect by its posthumous nature. Of course, it's not all bittersweet melancholy; Charles teams with Van Morrison for a jubilant soul/gospel reading of Van's MOONDANCE tune "Crazy Love," and the duet with James Taylor on the upbeat "Sweet Potato Pie" is probably the sassiest, perkiest thing in which Taylor's ever been involved. GENIUS LOVES COMPANY is a swan song that fittingly finds the titular genius surrounded by friends from varied musical worlds, all of whom he's touched with his rare gift.

Producer: John Burk; Phil Ramone; Terry Howard; Herbert Waltl; Don Mizell; John Burk; Phil Ramone; Terry Howard; Herbert Waltl; Don Mizell

Engineer: Terry Howard; Ed Thacker; Mark Fleming; Joel Moss; John Harris; Al Schmitt; Pete Karam; Robert Fernandez

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Norah Jones
Muze Guest Artist James Taylor
Muze Guest Artist Diana Krall
Muze Guest Artist Elton John
Muze Guest Artist Natalie Cole
Muze Guest Artist Bonnie Raitt
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson
Muze Guest Artist Michael McDonald
Muze Guest Artist B.B. King
Muze Guest Artist Gladys Knight
Muze Guest Artist Johnny Mathis
Muze Guest Artist Van Morrison

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Incredible Soul Collection
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Bocephus Box Set (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Live & Kickin
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Wods Ultimate Christmas Album Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
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Muze Music Compilations Def American Songbook Vol.1
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Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem: Driving In The 50's
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Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Super Hits:willie Nelson Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Van Morrison Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
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Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Wedding:jazz For The Weddin
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Muze Music Compilations Greatest:duets
Muze Music Compilations America's Greatest Hits:1959
Muze Music Compilations Magic City
Muze Music Compilations Icon
Muze Music Compilations Ray Sings Basie Swings
Muze Music Compilations 20 Grandes Exitos
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Muze Music Compilations This Old Soul Of Mine:soul Chronology
Muze Music Compilations Lonely Avenue:soul From New York 1955
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Blues Juke Box
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of George Jones Du
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Johnny Mercer Dream?s On Me Celebrati
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Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Hit Parade:1962 25 Original Hit Recor
Muze Music Compilations Complete Columbia Collection
Muze Music Compilations Legends Of Rock N Roll
Muze Music Compilations Christmas With Sinatra and Friends
Muze Music Compilations Education (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Rock N Roll Jukebox:hits From The 50s
Muze Music Compilations Any Which Way You Can (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Singing From My Soul:soul Chron/5
Muze Music Compilations Gatsby Era
Muze Music Compilations Soda Shop Hits
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Associated Artists and Works

Brown, James
Davis, Miles
Dio
Hooker, John Lee
Horn, Shirley
Jackson, Milt
Krall, Diana
Laine, Cleo
Nelson, Willie
Original Soundtrack
Scofield, John

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/31/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2248
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431224822

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.141)
- Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "A bittersweet duets record....[The album] features the veteran soul innovator crooning sweetly on several decades of standards..."

Down Beat (p.66)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[G]entle pacing helps the encounters feel unforced and palpably intimate..."

Living Blues (pp.48-50)
- "Charles himself is in fine, typically elastic voice throughout."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.116)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Thankfully, nobody disappoints."

jazzreview.com 10 of 10
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Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Charles,Ray
Product attributeLabel:   Concord Jazz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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