Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This release contains legendary concert recordings by a young Ray Charles and his big band in Zurich, 1961. This concert was the start of a tour that would be crucial for Charles and his career - he was about to become a big world star. Ray Charles - The genius, best known for his hits like Hit the Road Jack, I Got a Woman and Georgia on My Mind - was a rising star when performing in Zurich with his big band in 1961. The big band on this release, appeared to be an ideal platform for what he had in mind to create jazzy music that he would mark with his own stamp by adding vast touches of soul and rhythm'n blues. With a remarkably balanced repertoire and brilliantly devised full orchestral tutties, at the time of this tour, Ray Charles' Big Band was at it's peak to deliver the singer's deliberately flashy musical credo "Genius Soul = Jazz"
Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] concert that certainly qualifies as thrilling....Charles' big band rips into a few tunes he'd already made popular, in addition to songs and arrangements crafted by a certain up-and-coming talent named Quincy Jones."
Tributee: Quincy Jones.
Personnel: Ray Charles (vocals, piano); Priscilla "Pat" Moseley Lyles, Darlene McCrea, Gwen Berry, Margie Hendrix (vocals); Sonny Forriest (guitar); David Newman (flute, tenor saxophone); Hank Crawford, Rudy Powell (alto saxophone); Don Wilkerson (tenor saxophone); Leroy Cooper (baritone saxophone); Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt , Wallace Davenport, Phil Guilbeau (trumpet); Henderson Chambers, Dickie Wells, Keg Johnson (trombone); Bruno Carr (drums).
Liner Note Author: Yvan Ischer.
Recording information: Kongresshaus, Zurich (10/18/1961).
Photographer: Lionel Flusin.