Written by
Bob Stumpel

September 26

Ray Charles – Music That Matters To Him

Off topic

Ray Charles – Music That Matters To Him was an album in Hear’s Artist’s Choice serieswhere he made a selection of the artists and songs that influenced and inspired him. It’s always hard to assess to what degree rights clearing has been a restriction in a selection like this, but the result really seems consistent with Charles’ known preferences (also cf. this review).
Hear Music [= Rhino Special Products, distributed by Starbucks], 1 January 2003, ASIN: B000282OJA.

  1. Boo woo (Harry James with The Boogie Woogie Trio)
  2. Solitude (Duke Ellington)
  3. Stardust (Artie Shaw)
  4. Sweet Lorraine (Nat King Cole)
  5. How High The Moon [live] (Art Tatum)
  6. Driftin’ Blues (Charles Brown)
  7. My Melancholy Baby (Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie)
  8. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today (Jimmy Rushing)
  9. We’re All Together (Hank Jones)  
  10. My Funny Valentine (Miles Davis)
  11. Mack The Knife (Ella Fitzgerald)
  12. Moanin’ (Quincy Jones)
  13. Brotherhood Of Man (Oscar Peterson)
  14. Mary, Don’t You Weep (Swan Silvertones)
  15. Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  16. Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson)

Below I’ve linked to clips that are identical with or come closest to Ray’s selection. Only missing track #9, and offering a documentary clip about #14, YouTube once again proofs what an incredible resource it has become.

Boo woo (Harry James, Pete Johnson; The Boogie Woogie Trio):

Solitude (Duke Ellington):

Stardust (Artie Shaw):

Sweet Lorraine (Nat King Cole):

How Hight The Moon (Art Tatum, 3 versions!):

Driftin’ Blues (Charles Brown):

My Melancholy Baby (Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie):

Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today (Jimmy Rushing with Count Basie Orchestra):

My Funny Valentine (Miles Davis):

Mack The Knife (Ella Fitzgerald):

Moanin’ (Quincy Jones, with Clark Terry):

Brotherhood Of Man (Oscar Peterson, with Clark Terry):

[About] Mary, Don’t You Weep (Swan Silvertones):

Respect (Aretha Franklin, live 1968):

Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson):


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