Ray Charles’ UGC From The Wyndham Estate (2002)
Nowadays, whenever a musician picks up his instrument, people flip on their mobile phone cams, tape it, and share the footage on the Interweb. The phenomenon of audience-taped, web-shared concert recordings really took off in 2005, with the launch of YouTube. Just a bit too late for Ray.
Of Ray Charles’ concerts I only know (writing from the top of my head) audience tapings from shows in Stockholm, Milan, Oulo, Antibes and – since today – a show at the Wyndham Winery in Australia. It’s a partial, 22-minute taping of a symphony gig with:
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Your Cheating Heart
All I Ever Need Is You (alto sax solo by Ray Charles)
Yesterday (intro: piano teacher story, with bits of Chopin and Schumann)
What’d I Say
The concert took place on February 23, 2002. The videographer’s hand was not overly steady, and the sound quality is just bearable. The symphony orchestra, enhanced by The Ray Charles Trio (I recognized Tom Fowler, Brad Rabuchin and Peter Turre), was conducted by Victor Vanacore (who also plays a few notes on the piano during #6). Only the tracks #2 and #6 were taped completely.
The day before Ray played at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne (possibly with the same symphony orchestra). The review of that concert also seems to describe the gig at the Wyndham Estate quite adequately:
By the way – here you can still make reservations for the Wyndham concert;-!