Ray Charles - the 1950's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 193-194:

The cats in the band could play the blues [1950's]... If you can't get nasty and grovel down in the gutter, something's missing. It's not that the blues are complicated. They're not; they're basic. There are hundreds of versions of the same blues--the same changes, the same patterns--just as there are hundreds of versions of the same spirituals. The music is simple. But the feeling--the low-down gut-bucket feeling--has to be there or it's all for nothing. My cats could also play serious jazz. Donald Wilkerson… could kick the ass of almost any tenor player in the country. For my money, …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 193-194. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427812512371 accessed: 25 July, 2024


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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jazz (, performance of)
written by Miles Davis, Richard Rodgers
performed by Fathead, Don Wilkerson

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:35:12 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:27:43 +0100