'61 LC Paris

  • November 19, 2014

    Along Came Betty (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Album: Ray Charles Orchestra – Zurich 1961. TCB (Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series #41), [2016]. Written by Benny Golson. Arranged by Quincy Jones.Solo: Marcus Belgrave on trumpet. Personnel during the October 1961 Europe tour: Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt – trumpets; Henderson Chambers, Leon Comegys, James Lee Harbert, Keg Johnson – trombones; Hank […]

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  • November 14, 2014

    Dat Dere (The Ray Charles Orchestra, Ft Hank Crawford)

    Unreleased. Hank Crawford had released this Bobby Timmons tune with the Ray Charles ‘septet’ in 1960 for his More Soul album. The same ‘band within the band’ (only with Bruno Carr for Milt Turner) played it twice in Paris, in October 1961: Phil Guilbeau- tp; Johm Hunt – flh; Hank Crawford – as (solo); David Fathead Newman – […]

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  • November 11, 2014

    Ghana (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Ray Charles Orchestra – Zurich 1961. TCB (Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series #41), [2016]. The band was only recorded playing this instrumental during their brief Europe tour in October 1961. Written by Ernie Wilkins, arranged by Quincy Jones. David Fathead took the solo on flute, Leroy Cooper on bari, and Sonny Forriest on guitar. The […]

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  • November 10, 2014

    Happy Faces (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Album:Ray Charles Orchestra – Zurich 1961. TCB (Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series #41), [2016]. The Ray Charles Big Band, on their first brief Europe tour in October 1961, played this Sonny Stitt composition at least four times. Arranged by Quincy Jones. David Fathead Newman solo’ed on tenor saxophone. With Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport, Phil Guilbeau, […]

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  • October 20, 2014

    Roll In G (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Unreleased. This simple (and not overly brilliant) rock tune was probably written by Ray Charles (the author’s rights have never been claimed). During the October 1961 series at the Palais des Sports in Paris, it got two lengthy performaces, starring the members of Ray’s old ‘small band’. The full line-up was: Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport, […]

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  • October 17, 2014

    Solitude (In My -) (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Unreleased, but available streaming (below), and as a download. This Duke Ellington composition, in an arrangement by Quincy Jones, was only taped once: in Paris, at the afternoon concert on October 22, 1961. In March 2013 the contents of a radio broadcast were made available, in their entirety, in a streaming format and for download on the INA […]

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  • October 8, 2014

    Whisper Not (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Not released. This instrumental, composed by Bennie Golson, was performed twice (concerts B and C) during the series in October 1961 in Paris. Golson’s account of writing the piece is that “I wrote it in Boston at George Wein’s Storyville club when I was with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. I wrote that tune in 20 […]

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  • October 9, 2011

    Birth Of A Big Band: Ray Charles’ October 1961 Concerts In Paris

    David Newman Hank Crawford. Don Wilkerson. John Hunt. Phil Guilbeau. Keg Johnson. Leroy Cooper. Sonny Forriest. Bruno Carr. In 1961 Ray Charles conquered France. End of July he was the “artist in residence” (as we would now call it) at the Antibes festival, where he performed with his “small big band” (although he had established […]

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