Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 10

Unidentified Instrumental (Ray Charles On Alto)

Album 1963 GênioSax

Album (DVD): O Gênio, Rhino/WEA, 16 November 2004.

The clip below shows the “unidentified instrumental” from the São Paulo concerts on 19 September 1963 at the Cultura Artística theater in São Paulo. It’s one of the oldest Ray Charles live-clips on YouTube. It keeps on amazing people who didn’t know that The Genius also could bop on his alto saxophone.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the tune never had a genuine title.

With Oliver Beener, Roy Burrows, Phil Guilbeau – trumpets; Julian Priester, Keg Johnson, James Harbert, Henderson Chambers – trombones; Harold Minerve, Danny Turner – alto saxophones; David Fathead Newman, Tina Brooks – tenor saxophones; Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone; Wilbert Hogan – drums; Sonny Forriest – guitar; Edgar Willis – bass.

The number was part of that year’s setlists more often (the Paris tape indicated below is from the Spring of 1963).

’63 LC Paris


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