Ray Charles - the 1950's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 195:

Jazz was going through some changes about now [1950’s]. I heard what West Coast cats like Gerry Mulligan or Brubeck or Kenton were doing, and it was good music. But my heart was really with the East Coast dudes. They were harder cats and had a grittier sound. I'm talkin' 'bout Art Blakey's band or Horace Silver's or the Max Roach/ Clifford Brown outfit. There was more blues in their playing, the approach was tougher, and my own band, when we did jazz, played more in that mold. Even today, some twenty years later, I still hear something different about the way the cats play back East. …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 195. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427813208603 accessed: 16 July, 2024


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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East coast jazz performed by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, The Max Roach & Clifford Brown Group
West coast jazz performed by Kenton, Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live, playback

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:46:48 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:28:20 +0100