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Carline Ray: “This Needs To Be Done”

Prior to her passing at 88, the great bassist/vocalist finally got her due

Carline Ray and Catherine Russell

Editor’s note: Carline Ray passed away July 18, shortly after this article was published in our print edition. We’re presenting it here as it read in the magazine, without any alterations reflecting her death.

Though Carline Ray’s career spans eight decades, the pioneering bassist and vocalist, now 88, has tremendously little to show for it in terms of recordings.

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