One Mint Julep
Album: Genius + Soul = Jazz, Impulse 2, February 1961.
Single (A): Impulse 200, February 1961, b/w Let’s Go.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, on 26 and 27 December 1960.
Ray Charles – organ; John Frosk, Jimmy Nottingham, Philip Guilbeau (trumpet solo), Clark Terry, Joe Wilder – trumpet; Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Keg Johnson, George Matthews – trombone; George Dorsey, Earle Warren – alto saxophone; Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell – tenor saxophone; Haywood Henry – bariton saxophone; Sam Herman – guitar; Joe Benjamin – bass; Roy Haynes – drums. Produced by Creed Taylor. Arranged by Quincy Jones.
Creed Taylor: “When I heard One Mint Julep‘s break, I had an idea and had to come in [to the studio from the booth]. I went over to Ray and whispered in his ear, ‘On the break, try adding “Just a little bit of so-da”, because a mint julep has soda in it. It felt natural, and we needed something there. But when tape rolled, at the break, Ray said instead, “Just a little bit of soul, now”. Which was fine with me. It certainly fit better than soda.”
Studio (track #5):