Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 9

What Child Is This?

Album 1986 Christmas

Album: The Spirit Of Christmas, Columbia 39415, January 1986.

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles, with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, The Raelettes and session musicians in the fall of 1984 (maybe into early 1985).

Mark Curry, Jim Seeley, Robbie Kwock, Jeff Kaye, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Coles – trumpets; Mayo Tiana, John Boice, Dan Weinstein, Dana Hughes – trombones; Clifford Solomon, Brian Mitchell, Rudy Johnson, Ricky Woodard, Louis Van Taylor – saxophones; James Polk – piano, keyboards; Roger Hines – bass; Jeff Pevar, Kevin Turner, Calvin Keys – guitars; Rick Kirkland, James Gadson – drums.
Roger Hines: “I remember recording this with RC. We started with piano and voice tracks and I put bass on top with him running the tape machine and mixing.”

Solo’s: Freddie Hubbard* – tp; Rudy Johnson – ts.
Arranged by Ray Charles and James Polk.

* Transcription of solo is here.


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