Ray Charles (At­lantic/Speak­ers Cor­ner)

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

The Genius Af­ter Hours is a quin­tes­sen­tial Ray Charles record­ing and Speak­ers Cor­ner has done a su­perb job re-mas­ter­ing the orig­i­nal mono tapes. The pure, un-ma­nip­u­lated sound is ex­pertly mixed. The vol­umes on the pi­ano are ex­cel­lent and in­crease and de­crease with seam­less agility. The alto sax and trum­pet are folded in qui­etly to achieve a mel­lower tone. Ray may have been the great­est Amer­i­can mu­si­cian—ever—be­cause his ex­cep­tional mu­si­cal acu­ity was multi-faceted. TGAH is a qua­sis pon­ta­neous post-con­cert ses­sion that fea­tures a va­ri­ety of ses­sion play­ers, in­clud­ing Os­car Pet­ti­ford (dou­ble bass), David ‘Fat­head’ New­man (sax), Joe Har­ris (drums), Joseph Bridge­wa­ter (trum­pet) and oth­ers who re­vi­talise tunes such as The Genius Af­ter Hours, Ain’t Mis­be­havin’, Dawn Ray, Joy Ride, Horn­ful Soul, The Man I Love, Charlesville and Mu­sic, Mu­sic. The ses­sion is her­alded as a re­laxed meet­ing of “tired” per­form­ers. It’s any­thing but that! Rob­bie Ger­son

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