Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Ray Charles: Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings, 1952-1959 (Atlantic/Rhino)

John Morthland, No Depression, January 2006

LIKE THE TITLE SAYS, here's everything Ray Charles recorded for Atlantic — six CDs containing 119 tracks (including one LP he produced for his tenor star David "Fathead" Newman and two collaborations with Modern Jazz Quartet vibraphonist Milt Jackson), one disc of previously unreleased material (mostly a 1953 rehearsal session with Ahmet Ertegun), and a DVD containing Ray's 1960 Newport Jazz Festival set and an interview with Ertegun.

Total word count of piece: 986