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Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz Reissued

Concord to release Deluxe Edition of seminal recording, plus three others by legendary singer/pianist

Producer Nick Phillips
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles's Genius+Soul=Jazz

Nick Phillips is a lucky man. In his job as Vice-President, Jazz & Catalog A&R for the Concord Music Group, Phillips gets to go through the vaults of the labels under the Concord banner, which includes the catalogs of Fantasy, Prestige, Milestone, Concord, Stax and other seminal jazz and roots music labels. His latest project is the reissue of Ray Charles’ Genius + Soul = Jazz album in a deluxe package, that also includes three other jazz albums from the legend-My Kind of Jazz, Jazz Number Two and My Kind of Jazz Part Three, which were released in succession on Ray’s own labels in the ’70s. This four-album edition, with new liner notes from Will Friedwald, will be officially released as a two-CD set on April 6, 2010.

For those not familiar with the Genius+Soul=Jazz album, it featured Charles on organ performing mostly instrumental cuts (with the exception of “I Got News For You” and “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town”) with an all-star collection of jazz players. Issued originally on ABC Records’ legendary Impulse jazz label in 1960, the record went to the #4 spot on Billboard‘s pop album chart it also produced a hit single “One Mint Julep.” And it established Charles’ bona-fides as a jazz player of the highest order. He had already proven himself in the world of R&B and soul. There seemed to be nothing that the Genius of Soul couldn’t do. As jazz pianist Dick Katz wrote in the original liner notes, “The combination here of rare talent plus uncommon craftsmanship has produced a record that showcases the timeless quality and innate taste that is uniquely that of Ray Charles.”

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