Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 12

The Team (Ray Charles Orchestra)

'84 LC WarsawUnreleasedWith Ray Charles Band


There may be a studio-recorded version from 1978 in the vaults of the Ray Charles Foundation (see below).
The tune was first recorded during the 2 p.m. (televized) concert at the Warsaw Jamboree on October 27, 1984.

Composed by trumpet player Tim Ouimette, who played in the Ray Charles Orchestra between 1978 and 1980. Ouimette informed me, “I remember recording with Ray [at the RPM studio in LA] at the end of the ’78 tour. It stayed in the can. Two of my tunes, The Team and Sunrise Song, and I think some things [arranged a/o composed] by [James] Polk. Two or three full days. I had heard that Ray hired Freddie Hubbard to play the solos on my tunes, but don’t really know. But that stuff is in the vault [currently curated by the Ray Charles Foundation].”

1984 personnel: Robbie Kwock, Mark Curry, Jim Seely, Jeff Kaye – trumpets; John Boice, Dan Marcus, Dan Weinstein, Dana Hughes – trombones;  Brian Mitchell, Clifford Solomon (band leader), Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson, Louis Van Taylor – saxophones; Bobby Floyd- organ; Dennis Nelson – guitar; Roger Hines – bass; Ricky Kirkland – drums.

In the 1990 live version the solos were delivered by Rudy Johnson on tenor saxophone, Jeff Kaye on flugel horn; and David Rokeach on drums:

’84 LC Warsaw
88 LC Saratoga
’90 LC Tokyo


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