Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 6

Ray Charles (Complete!) Concert In Antibes In 1982

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On July 20, 1982 Ray Charles performed at the Jazz à Juan Festival in Antibes/Juan-les-Pins. I’ve posted before about a selection of 6 tunes (#6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 in the list presented below) that survived from a TV broadcast by France 1.
It turns out that the – sumptuous, 1h 54m – complete concert was also recorded for French radio (produced by André Francis; INA ID PHD86074564). Ray and the band were in excellent form, and the quality of the audio is great (in spite of some minor microphone problems for The Raelettes).

The complete setlist was:

01. Smokin’ at Hungry Joe’s (Ray Charles Orchestra)
02. Easy Living (Ray Charles Orchestra)
03. Samba De Elencia (Ray Charles Orchestra)
04. Wave (Ray Charles Orchestra)
05. Our Suite (Ray Charles Orchestra)
06. Let The Good Times Roll
07. Georgia On My Mind
08. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
09. Busted
10. Just Because
11. For Mamma
12. Some Enchanted Evening
13. Intro The Raelettes
14. I Want Your Love
15. Don’t Change On Me (with Raelettes)
16. I Can’t Stop Loving You
17. Hit The Road Jack
18. Crying Time (with Raelettes)
19. Knock On Wood (with Raelettes)
20. Baby Please Don’t Go
21. What’d I Say
22. Outro

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Musicians: Carlos Chavez, Brian Pearcy, Dean Congin, Carmell Jones – trumpets; Dan Marcus, John Boice, Ismael (Mayo) Tiana, Steve Davis – trombones; Brian Mitchell, Clifford Solomon (bandleader) – alto saxophones; Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson – tenor saxophones; Louis Van Taylor – bariton saxophone; Tony Matthews – guitar; Jeff Takiguchi – bass; Rick Kirkland – drums; Ernest Vantrease – piano, organ. The Raelettes: Estella Yarbrough, Trudy Cohran, Ann Knox, Janice Mitchell, Helen Ross.

*INA Pro specifies “tuba” for Davis – sic! #18 (Crying Time) got a little Que Sera Sera-intro.


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