Genius Loves Company CD (2004)

Artist: Ray Charles

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by Mick's Sis on 3/19/2005

I loved this cd. Every duet was awesome. Wish they'd assemble another Ray Charles duet cd.

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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.


Label Concord Jazz/universal
SKU 61705749
UPC 013431224822
UPC 14 00013431224822
Format CD
Release Date 8/31/2004
Author Ray Charles
Associated Artist/Work Brown, James
Associated Artist/Work Davis, Miles
Associated Artist/Work Dio
Associated Artist/Work Fitzgerald, Ella
Associated Artist/Work Hooker, John Lee
Associated Artist/Work Horn, Shirley
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Milt
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Norah
Associated Artist/Work Krall, Diana
Associated Artist/Work Laine, Cleo
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Scofield, John
Technical Info
Engineer Terry Howard; Ed Thacker; Mark Fleming; Joel Moss; John Harris; Al Schmitt; Pete Karam; Robert Fernandez
Producer John Burk; Phil Ramone; Terry Howard; Herbert Waltl; Don Mizell; John Burk; Phil Ramone; Terry Howard; Herbert Waltl; Don Mizell
CatalogID 2248
Lable Name Concord
Released 08/31/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00013431224822
Musical Guests
Norah Jones
James Taylor
Diana Krall
Elton John
Natalie Cole
Bonnie Raitt
Willie Nelson
Michael McDonald
B.B. King
Gladys Knight
Johnny Mathis
Van Morrison
Album Notes and Credits
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, 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, Reginald Clews (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, Donald Markese (clarinet); Joseph Stone (oboe, English horn); Leanne Becknell (oboe); John Mitchell , 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).
Audio Mixers: Al Schmidt; Al Schmitt.
Liner Note Authors: John Burk; David R. Legry.
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).
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.
Photographers: George Marinelli; Dennis Shirley; Norman Seeff; Vitaliano Napolitano; John Jennings.
Arrangers: Randy Waldman; Clarence McDonald; David Blumberg; Victor Vanacore.
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Here We Go Again - (featuring Norah Jones)
2 Sweet Potato Pie - (featuring James Taylor)
3 You Don't Know Me - (featuring Diana Krall)
4 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - (featuring Elton John)
5 Fever - (featuring Natalie Cole)
6 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
7 It Was A Very Good Year - (featuring Willie Nelson)
8 Hey Girl - (featuring Michael McDonald)
9 Sinner's Prayer - (featuring B.B. King)
10 Heaven Help Us All - (featuring Gladys Knight)
11 Over The Rainbow - (featuring Johnny Mathis)
12 Crazy Love - (live, featuring Van Morrison)
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ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Charles,Ray
Label Concord Jazz
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes Charles seemed to have brought out the best in everyone...

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