New York. 15/10/1966.

Pianista newyorkese, figlio di una cantante e di un compositore ed autore di canzoni. Da tempo attivo sulla scena jazzistica, ha collaborato per due anni con Gerry Mulligan. Pianista ordinato e sensibile, oltre che brillante. Nell’ascoltarlo sembra che interpreti la storia del pianoforte jazz. Dopo aver intrapreso molte strade di grandi pianisti che, con la loro ombra, possono spronare a percorrerle, un musicista assume un proprio stile, altrimenti si riduce ad un imitatore pedissequo. Egli non si considera un musicista di estrazione classica pur avendo studiato a fondo la musica europea. Charlap, cosciente di tali fondamentali, si pone al piano col suo talento che gli consente di affrontare tutti gli standard più famosi, letti e riletti dai grandi, con la massima disinvoltura ed abilità. Quindi, ne scaturisce un improvvisatore dalle idee chiare e di molto buon gusto. Anche ottimo organizzatore e direttore di festival.


Bill Charlap & Sean Smith.billcharlap&seansmith

Bill Charlap (p) Sean Smith (b).

Tears / A smitty ditty / When your lover has gone / The escape artist / Ballad for a late spring / Donna Lee / Darn that dream / February 8th / Thank you, Red.

(Tears Progressive PCD-7092)

Brooklyn, NY, 5-6 Maggio 1993.


Along With Me. alongwithme

Bill Charlap (p) Andy Eulau (b) Ron Vincent (dr).

On Green Dolphin Street / Along With Me / I Was Telling Her About You / Early To Bed / Donna Lee.

Bill Charlap (p) Sean Smith (b).

Has This Song Been Written For You Before / Gone With The Wind / A Ghost Of A Change / Lonely Town / I’ll Be Around / Jazzspeak.

(Chiaroscuro CR 326) New York, Brooklyn, 19-6-91 e 17-8-93.


Bill Charlap (p) Scott Colley (b) Dennis Mackrell (dr).

Turnaround / Half Step / Souvenir / Waltz New / Confirmation / Godchild / Alone Together / Goodbye Mr.Evans.

(Progressive PCD 7092)

New York, 19-6-95.


The Gerry Mulligan Songbook.gerrymulligansongbook

Bill Charlap, Ted Rosenthal (p) Dean Johnson (b) Ron Vincent (dr).

Line for Lyons / Walkin’ shoes / Song for Strayhorn / Bark for Barksdale / Curtains / Rocker / Lonesome boulevard.

(Chiaroscuro CR 349)

Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 6-7 Giugno 1996.


Distant Star.distantstar

Bill Charlap (p) Seam Smith (b) Bill Stewart (dr).

Along The Way / While We’re Young / Last Night When We Were Young / Here I’ll Stay / Distant Star / Bon ami / ’39 Worlds Fair / Starlight / The heather On The Hill.

(Criss Cross 1131)

New York, 17-12-96.


All ThroughThe Night.allthroughthenight

Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

All through the night / Roundabout – Put on a happy face – It’s so peaceful in the country – The best thing for you would be me – Pure imagination – Nobody’s heart – (Medley:) – Dance only with me – Dream dancing – I’ve just seen her.

(Criss Cross Jazz 153)

New York, 22-12-97.


‘S Wonderful.swonderful

Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

Time after time My shining hour – The blue room – Boy, what love has done to me – Isfahan – Lover – Something to live for – ‘S wonderful – Summer serenade – Only the lonely –

(Venus TKJV-19081)

New York, 26-12-98.


Written In The Stars.writteninthestars

Bill Chalap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

In The Still Of The Night / Dream – The Man That Got Away – Blue Skies – Where Have You Been? – Where Or When – On A Slow Boat TO China – On For My Baby – I’ll Never Go There Anymore – Lorelei – It Was Written In The Stars.

(Blue Note)

New York, Marzo 2000.



Bill Chalap (p) Louis Stewar (g) Stephan Keogh (b) Mark Hodgson (dr)

Line For Lyons / Starway To The Stars / Curtains / Yardbird Suite / Blue Lights / What’s New / Yesterdays / The Song Is You.


New York, 2000.


The Richard Rodgers Centennial Jazz Piano Album.The Richard Rodgers Centennial Jazz Piano Album.

Bill Charlap, Benny Green, Fred Hersh, Kenny Barron, Marian McPartalnd, George Shearing (p).

Nobody’s Heart / The Blue Room / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top / Manhattan / If I Loved You / The Sweetest Sounds / My Funny Valentine / Have You Met Miss Jones / It Never Entered My Mind / We Kiss In A Shadow / Yours Sincerily.

(Blue Note)

New York, Marzo 2000.


Bill Charlap (p) Warren Vachè (corn,flic)

If I Should LOse You / You And The Night And The Music / Darn That Dream / Easy Living / Nip-Hoe Waltz / Etude 2 / Soon / Dancing On The Celing / Prelude To A Kiss / St Louis Blues

(Nagel Heyer 2011)

New York, 13-14 Dicembre 2000.



Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr) Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn (vc) Frank Wess (st) Jim Hall (g).

Jubilee / I get Along Withouth You Very Well / I Walk With Music / The Nearmess Of You / One Morning In may / Georgia On My Mind / Star Dust / Skylark / Rochin Chair / Blue orchids / Two Sleepy People.

(Blue Note 35985)

New York, 6-8 Settembre 2001.

Love You Madly.loveyoumadly

Bill Chalap (p) Jay Leonhart (b) Bill Stewart (dr)

Stars Crossed Lovers / Jump For Joy / In A Sentimental Mood / Love You Madly / I’m Just A Lucky So And So / Prelude To A Kiss / It Don’t mean A Thing / C Jam Blues / I Let A Song Go Out Of My Hart / Warm Valley.


New York, 2003.


Live At The Village Vanguard. livevillagevanguard

Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

Rocker / Autumn In New York / Godchild / The Lady Is A Tramp / It’s Only A Paper Moon / My Shining Hour / All Across The City / While We’re Young / Last Night When We Were Young.

(Blue Note 97044)

Village Vanguard, New York, Settembre 2003.


Somewhere: The Song Of Leonard Bernstein.somewhere

Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

Cool / Lucky To Be Me / It’s Love / Lonely Town / Jump / Some Other Time / Glitter And Be Gay / A Quiet Girl / Big Stuff / America / Ohio / Somewhere.

(Blue Note 94807)

New York, 15-16 Ottobre 2003.


Love Is Here To Stay.Love Is Here To Stay.

Bill Charlap (p) Sandy Stewart (vc)

Love Is Here To Stay / After You / The Boy Next Door / Happiness Is Just AThing Called Joe / A Sleepin’ Bee / Always / Here I Am In Love Again / I’ve Got A Crush On You / Do It Again / Where Is Me / Dancing On The Ceiling / It Might As Well Be Spring / I’ll Never Go There Anymore.

(Blue Note) New York, 23-24 Ottobre 2004.


Play George Gershwin: The American Soul.playsgeorgegerswin

Nicholas Payton (tr) Slide Hampton (tb) Phil Woods (sa) Frank Wess (st) Bill Charlap (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

Who Cares / Somebody Loves Me / Liza / How Long Has This Been Going On / A Foggy Day / ‘S Wonderful / I Was So Young (You were so beautiful) / Bess, You Is My Woman Now / Nice Work If You Can get It / Soon.

(Blue Note)

New York, 7-2-2005.

I’m Old Fashioned.I'm Old Fashioned

Bill Charlap (p) Peter Bernstein (g) Peter Washington (b)

I’m Old Fashioned / I Can’t Get Started / Stella By Starlight / Ghost Of A Chance / All The Things You Are / Easy Living / Darn That Dream / Angel Eyes / What Is This Thing Called Love / Body And Soul / Gone With The Wind / Everything Happens To Me / These Foolish Things.

(Venus VHCD-1043)

Avatar Studios, New York, 17-18 Dicembre 2009.


Double Portrait.Double Portrait

Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes (piano)

Chorinho / Double Rainbow (Choveno Na Roseira) / Ana Maria / The Saros Cycle / My Man’s Gone Now / Dancing In The Dark / Inner Urge / Little Glory / Never Will I Marry.

(Blue Note)

Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, 27-29 Dicembre 2009.


Something To Remember.Something To Remember

Bill Charlap (p) Sandy Stewart (vc)

Where Or When / I Thought About You / Why Did I Choose You / Somebody Loves Me / A Ghost Of A Chance / Isn’t This A Lovely Day? / Something To Remember You By / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / I Was Telling Him About You / Stars / Where Do You Start? / The Best Thing For You / Solitude / When You Wish Upon A Star / Two For The Road.

(Ghostlight Records 83338)

Sear Sound Studios, NYC, 30 Novembre – 2 Dicembre 2011.

Parteciazioni come Sideman:
Barbara Lea – Hoagy’s Children, Volume One (Audiophile) 1993.
Gerry Mulligan – Symphonic Dreams Entente (ProArte) 1987.
Gerry Mulligan – Lonesome Boulevard (A&M) 1989.
Gerry Mulligan – Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown ! (GRP) 1989.
Marvin Stamm – Mystery Man (Music Masters) 1992.
Joe Roccisano – The Shape I’m In (Landmark) 1992.
Jon Burr – In My Own Words (Cymekob) 1993.
Trudy Desmond – Make Me Rainbows (Koch) 1994.
Barbara Lea – Hoagy’S Children vol 1. (Audiophile) 1993.
Barbara Lea – Hoagy’S Children vol 2. (Audiophile) 1993.
Ronnie Bedford – Just Friends (Progressive) 1993.
Ann Hampton Callaway – Bring Back Romance (DGR) 1994.
Bob Kindred – Hidden Treasures (Conawago) 1994.
Jon Gordon – Spark (Chiaroscuro) 1994.
Carol Sloane – When I Look In Your Eyes (Concord Jazz) 1994.
Joe Roccisano – Leave Your Mind Behind (Landmark) 1994.
Jon Gordon – Ask Me Now (Criss Cross) 1994.
Carol Sloane – The Songs Carmen Sang (Concord Jazz) 1995.
vv.aa. Great Guitars – A Tribute to Carl Jefferson (Concord Jazz) 1995.
Michael Moore – Charlap: Concord Duo Series Volume 9 (Concord Jazz) 1995.
Jon Gordon – Witness (Criss Cross) 1995.
Steve Gilmore – Reflections In The Night (JazzMania) 1996.
Phil Woods – Mile High Jazz Live In Denver (Concord Jazz) 1996.
Phil Woods – Astor & Elis (Chesky) 1996.
Gene Bertoncini With Bill Charlap And Sean Smith (Chiaroscuro) 1996.
Phil Woods – Celebration ! (Concord Jazz) 1997.
Carol Sloane – The Songs Ella & Louis Sang (Concord Jazz) 1997.
Phil Woods – Chasin’ The Bird (Venus) 1997.
Conrad Herwig – Heart Of Darkness (Criss Cross) 1997.
Keter Betts – Bass Buddies & Blues (Betts Music) 1998.
Ann Hampton Callaway – Easy Living (Sin-Drome) 1999.
Harry Allan Plays Ellington Songs (Novus) 1999.
Gary Smulyan – Blue Suite (Criss Cross) 1999.
Ruby Braff – Variety Is The Spice Of Braff (Arbors Jazz) 2000.
Ruby Braff – I Hear Music (Arbors Jazz) 2000.
Phil Woods – Voyage (Chiaroscuro) 2000.
Warren Vache – 2Gether (Nagel Heyer) 2000.
Byron Stripling – Byron, Get One Free (Nagel Heyer) 2000.
Conrad Herwig – Hieroglyphica (Criss Cross) 2001.
Sean Smith – Poise (Ambient) 2001.
European Jazz Piano Trio – Artfully (Urban Beauty) 2001.
Ruby Braff – You Brought A New Kind Of Love (Arbrs Jazz) 2001.
Johnny Frigo – DNA Exposed ! (Arbors Jazz) 2001.
Keter Betts – Pinky’s Waltz (JazzMont) 2002.
Randy Sandke – Trumpet After Dark (Evening Star) 2002.
Phil Woods – American Songbook (Kind Of Blue) 2002.
Dena DeRose – Love’s Holiday (Sharp Nine) 2002.
New York Trio – The Things We Did Last Summer (venus) 2002.
Phil Woods – The Thrill Is Gone (Venus) 2002.
Joe Wilder -Among Friends (Evening Star) 2002.
Marian McPartland – 85 Candles, Live In New York (Concord Jazz) 2003.
New York Trio – Love You Madly (Venus) 2003.
Warren Vache – Dream Dancing (Arbors Jazz) 2003.
Brian Lynch – Meets Bill Charlap (Sharp Nine) 2003.
Houston Person – You Taught My Heart To Sing (HighNote) 2004.
Phil Woods – This Is How I Feel About Quincy (Jazzed Media) 2004.
Scott Hamilton – Back In New York (Concord Jazz) 2004.
Grant Stewart Plus Four (Criss Cross) 2004.
New York Trio – Stairway To The Stars (Venus) 2004.
New York Trio – Begin The Beguine (Venus) 2005.chiusura


Montreal, Canada. 25/6/1944.

Cantautore, musicista, ma soprattutto paroliere e compositore, interprete e uomo di spettacolo. Ha frequentato la Scuola National du Teathre ed ha iniziato la carriera di cantautore nel 1960. Nel 1965 ha registrato l’album “Lindberg” che ha avuto grande successo. Nel 1969 è stato protagonista in uno spettacolo all’Olimpya di Parigi. In seguito ha svolto la sua attività soprattutto nel suo Quebec.

Robert Charlebois.

Robert Charlebois (vc-g) con orchestra diretta da Paul de Margerie (arr).

Amour immobile / Un bouffon adorable / Ni chanson, ni poeme / Si loin d’amour / Hommage a Joas Gilberto.

(Select SSP-24, 131) Montreal,Canada,1965.

Robert Charlebois.

Robert Charlebois (vc) con Quatuor du Nouveau Jazz Libre du Quebec, con sezione ritmica.

California / La marche du president / Lindbergh / Joe Finger Ledoux.

(Gamma GS-120) Montreal, Canada, 1968.

Robert Charlebois.

Robert Charlebois (vc) con orchestra diretta da Francois Cousineau (arr).

Chanson pour mouffe / Si vous voulez valser grande-mere / Des prunes pour Joe et Sam.

(Select SP-12147) Montreal,Canada,1969. chiusura


Abbeville, Louisiana. 21/2/1938.

Cantante e compositore di etnia cajun. E’ cresciuto ascoltando la musica cajun, a 15 anni ha ascoltato una performance di Fats Domino e questo gli ha cambiato la vita. Ha collaborato con molti grandi del blues, scrivendo per loro brani che hanno avuto grande successo. Nel 1990 ha registrato in duo con Fats Domino. Nel settembre del 2007 ha avuto il Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.


Bobby Charles (vc) altri non identificati.

On Bended Knee / See You Later Alligator / Spraket / Why Did You Leave / Did You Know / Don’t You Know I Love You.

(Chess C 3791-7) 1955.

Ain’t Got No Home / Why Can’t You Honey / Time Will Tell / Take It Easy Greasy / I’m Still In Love With You / Laura Lee / No Use Knockin’ /You Can Soothe Yourself.

(Chess C 3793 7) 1957.

Put Your Arms Around Me / You Can’t Suit Yourself / Mr.Moon / I’m A Full To Care / Over Yonder / I’ll Turn Square For You / I Aun’t Gonna Do It No More / One-Eyed Jack / Yes Baby / Good Lovin’ / Teenagers / Tell Me Baby / I’d Like To Know / Lovesick Blues / Ain’t Misbehavin’ / Everybody’s Laughing At Me / Everybody Knows / I Hope / Goodnight Irene / Ain’t Misbehavin’ / Preacher’s Daughter.

(Chess C 3794 7) 1957.

Since She’s Gone / At The Jamboree / What Can I Do / The Town Is Talking / Since I Lost You / Oh Yeah.

(Chess C 3795 7) 1957.

Everyone Kinows / Everybody’s Laughing / I Hope / Goodnight Irene / Preacher’s Daughter / Ain’t Misbehavin’ / Oh Lonesome Me / One More Glass On Wine.

(Imperial) 1957.chiusura


St. Croix, Isole Vergini. 4/12/1933. – New York. 26/3/1998.

Suo padre e suo nonno sono stati dei percussionisti, e il fratello Frank ha scelto di fare il batterista. Sia lui che il fratello seguono la madre, che si era separata dal padre, a New York nel 1945 dove ha iniziato a suonare la batteria da autodidatta ed in seguito la studia presso la N.Y. Vocational School. Hanno vissuto nella peggiore zona di Harem e, coinvolto in una rissa, è finito in prigione per due anni. Tra il 1955 ed il 1960 ha suonato insieme al fratello in vari gruppi, anche caraibici. Nel 1956 durante un ingaggio al Blue Room ha incontrato il pianista Cecil Taylor ed è entrato nel suo gruppo e con lui ha registrato per l’etichetta Transition. Sempre con Taylor ha partecipato al Festival di Newport del 1957. Ha lavorato al Living Theatre in un dramma di Jack Gelber “The Connection”. Si è esibito al Five Spot Cafè ed al Showplace nel Greenwich Village. Ha registrato con Lacy/Kelly nel 1957, con Gil Evans nel 1959, con Jimmy Giuffre, con Wilbur Ware al Birdland. Nel 1960 è tornato con Cecil Taylor per registrare un album capolavoro “The World Of Cecil Taylor”. Ha registrato con Sonny Rollins nel 1962 l’album “What’s New”. Ha suonato nel gruppo di Steve Lacy nel 1963, poi con Archie Shepp e Don Cherry, ha suonato al White Whale Caffe Shop di New York. Vittima dell’etilismo ha voluto riorganizzare la sua vita. Per oltre dieci anni ha lasciato la musica per tornarvi nel 1978. Ha suonato con Peter Kuhn nel 1981, con Buell Neidlinger, J. Moondoc, con Billy Bang nel 1982, con The J. Doctors nel 1983 e con Wilber Morris, con Marco Eneidi e William Parker nel 1986 nel Vermont. Nel 1989 ha diretto un gruppo del quale ha fatto parte anche Wilber Morris. Ha suonato nel Rob Brown trio nel 1989. Nel 1993 è tornato in Europa con gli “Outlaw In Jazz”. Per gran parte della vita è stato afflitto dalla dipendenza dalla droga ed è morto subito dopo l’ultima tournée con Wilber Morris. Percussionista dallo stile sciolto, è stato sempre molto apprezzato. Il suo modello è stato Art Blakey e, come questi, ed è stato profondamente legato alla poliritmia africana. Musicista molto sottovalutato, ben pochi percussionisti sono riusciti ad evocare come lui un tale retaggio ancestrale.


Queen Mary.Denis Charles Queen Mary.

Booker T. (st-perc) Wilber Morris (b-perc) Denis Charles (d-perc) Huss Charles (conga).

Triangle / Sweet Melanie / Stand back / Queen Mary / Bass space / Rise up / Afro-Amer. Ind.

(Silkheart SHCD121)

New York, 26-27 Aprile 1989.


Captain Of The Deep. Denis Charles Captain Of The Deep.

Nathan Breedlove (tr) Jemeel Moondoc (sa) Wilbert de Joode (b) Denis Charles (dr).

We don’t / Round about / Jamaj’s / Rob / Tobie continyou.

(Eremite MTE 09)

Olanda, 1 Gennaio 1991.


A Scream For Charles Tyler.Denis Charles A Scream For Charles Tyler.

Charles Tyler (sa) Bernard Santacruz (b) Antoine Lisolo (dr).

One time on Rocbaron.

(Bleu Regard CT1943) Rocbaron, Francia, 24-4-92.

Remi Charmasson (g) Bernard Santacruz (b) Denis Charles (dr).

Rememberinghim / Train for Cadiz / Arkah / Marie in wonderland / Waiting for the doorman / Behind the mirror / Lovingly / French resident / Full friendship.

(Bleu Regard CT1943) Pernes-Les-Fontaines, Francia, 6-7 Luglio 1992.chiusura


Martinville, Louisiana. 18/4/1891.

Ha iniziato a studiare la cornetta con Eugene Moret, fratello del più famoso Gorge Moret leader della “Excelsior Band”. Ha debuttato a 15 anni con una delle più famose band di New Orleans quella diretta da Manuel Perez. Dal 1911 al 1921 ha suonato nella “Old Silver Leaf Orchestra” di Albert Baptiste ed in ritagli di tempo ha avuto modo di suonare con la “Excelsior” e la “Tuxedo”, anch’esse tra le più famose brass band di New Orleans. Nel 1919 ha suonato allo Shreveport all’Eury Hotel con la “Maple Leaf Orchestra”. E’ tornato nella sua città, dove ha messo su una sua band con la quale ha lavorato al Moulin Rouge. Nel 1923 ha lavorato al Trachina’s Restaurant ed al County Club. E’ stato costretto ad abbandonare la musica per problemi di cuore. chiusura


Albany, Georgia. 23/9/1932. – U.S.A.10/6/2004.

Cieco dall’età di sei anni ha imparato a suonare il pianoforte ed a scrivere la musica con il metodo Braille nella scuola per handicappati la Saint Augustine in Florida. Ha ricevuto lezioni di clarinetto da un vecchio clarinettista che gli ha insegnato anche a suonare il sax alto. E’ rimasto orfano a 15 anni e si è trasferito a Jacksonville dove ha suonato in locali di terz’ordine con un suo trio, con il quale imitava il modo di suonare dell’allora popolarissimo Louis Jordan. Si è trasferito a Seattle e qui si è finalmente affermato con il “Maxim Trio”, che ricalcava il modello di musica raffinata del King Cole Trio. Stabilitosi a Los Angeles ha iniziato a lavorare con Lowell Fulson un gruppo di blues. Finalmente è arrivato anche il successo: il connubio tra la sua voce particolare, il suo pianismo radicato nello spiritual e nel gospel, il tutto sostenuto da una ottima sezione ritmica, da una incisiva orchestra, un gruppo vocale quasi gospel “The Raelets” e con l’ausilio di arrangiatori come Ernie Wilkins, Ralph Burns, Quincy Jones, Gerald Wilson, Marty Paich e Gil Fuller non poteva non dare ottimi risultati. Le sue esibizioni sono diventate dei servizi religiosi. La sua musica è un misto di jazz, gospel, blues, rhythm blues e canzone americana. E’ stato l’ultimo vero cantante di blues ed ha trovato un grande pubblico anche fuori del campo del jazz. La sua voce è una sintesi della intera tradizione vocale americana. Essendo un eroinomane, tutto ciò gli è costato carcere e ospedale, tuttavia continuando la sua attività, è sceso sempre più a compromessi commerciali.


Ain’t that love – But on the atherl and baby – Come back baby – From the heart – Hallelujah in love him so – I gotta woman – Let’s go – Theme that go – Talkin bout you – What’d i say.


Ray Charles (p) Gosady McGhee (g) Otto McQueen (b) Manzy Harris (dr) sassofonista non identificato.

Guitar Blues.

Ray Charles (p-vc) altri non identificati.

Walkin’And Talkin’ / I’m Wonderin’And Wonderin.

Tampa, Florida, 1947.

Maxin Trio.

Ray Charles (p-vc) G.D.Mckee (g) Milt Garred (dr).

I Love You, I Love You / Confession Blues / Alone In This City / Can Anyone Ask For More / Rockin’Chair Blues / Let’s Have A Ball

Los Angeles, febb.1949.

The Original Ray Charles.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Mitchell “Tiny”Webb (b) G.D.Mckee (g) Ralph Hamilton (dr).

You Always Miss The Water / How Long / Blues Before Sunrise / Sentimental Blues / Dry.

Los Angeles, 1949.

Ray Charles Trio.

Ray Charles (p-vc) G.D.Mckee (g) Milt Garred (dr).

Sitting On Top Of The World/ I’ve Had My Fun / Ain’t That Fine/ Don’t Put All Your Dreams In One Basket / What Have I Done / Blues / See See Rider / Honey Honey/ She’s On The Ball / Going Auray Blues / If I Give You My Love/ Can’t You See Darling / This Love Of Mine.

Los Angeles, 1949.

Ray Charles Band.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Teddy Buckner (tr) Marshall Royal (sa) Jack McVea (st) Charles Waller (sb) Louis Speiginer (g) Billy Hadnott (b) Rudy Pitts (dr).

Ego Song (All The Girls In Town) / Late In the Evenin’ / Someday You’ll Be Sorry / Blues Is My Middle Name / I’ll Do Anything But Work / All The Girls In Town / I’m Going To River.

Los Angeles, 1949.

Ray Charles Trio.

Ray Charles (p-cel-vc) Oscar Moore (g) Johnny Miller (b).

I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now / All To Myself Alone / Lonely Boy / Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand (Oh Baby) / I’m Glade For You Sake / Baby Won’t You Please Come Home / Ray’s Blues / Easy Riding.

Los Angeles, 1949.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Billie Brooks, Fleming Askew (tr) Earl Brown (sa) Stanley Turrentine (st) Maurice Simon (st-sb) Eddie Lang (g) Frank”Naim Ahamad”McClure (b) Eddie Piper (dr) altri non identificati.

Kiss Me Baby (All Night Long) / Hey Now / The Snow Is Falling / Misery In My Heart (Going To The River) / I’m Going Down To Now’s The River / Now She’s Gone / I’m Gonna Drown Myself / Oh Baby / Al Alone Again.

Los Angeles, 1950.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Jack McVea (st) Louis Speiginer (g) T-Bone Walker (g) Billy Hadnott (b) Rudy Pitts (dr).

I Found My Baby There (St.Pete Blues) / Guitar Blues / Why Did You Go / Back Home / Baby let Me Hear You Call My Name / Guitar Blues.

Florida, 1951.

Ray Charles (p-vc) altri non identificati.

Jumpin The Blues / Blue Rhumba.

Miami, Florida, inizio 1952

Ray Charles (p-vc) con chitarra,basso e batteria non identificati.

Walkin’And Talkin’ (To Myself) / I’m Wonderin’And Wonderin’.

Miami, Florida, 1951-52.

Ray Charles (p-vc) altri non identificati.

Dark Night / Mardi Gras Parade / Tell My Baby / The River / Friday Night Blues / Rosie’s Twist / Pogo Stick Blues / Jumpin’With Teddy / Satchelmouth Blues / Mixed Up Blues / Honkin’Blues / Back Alley Blues / Sprucin’Up / Jug Of Joel / Flip Flooie Flip.


Ray Charles (p-vc) accompagnato da un gruppo non identificato.

The Sun’s Gona Shine Again / Roll With M baby / The Midnight Hour / Jumpin’In The Morning.

New York, 11-9-52.

Ray Charles (p-vc) accompagnato da un gruppo non identificato.

Yancey Type / Rockhouse / Mess Around / Backwater Blues Type / Albert Ammons / Yancey / Come Back Baby / senza titolo / Little Rock Getaway / Beautiful Kentucky Waltz / piano solo senza titolo / Losing Hand / Heartbreaker /It Should Have Been Me / I Ain’t Good Nobody / Mess Around / Funny (But I Still Love You) / Sinner’s Prayer.

New York, 10-5-53.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Jesse Drakes (tr) Sam“The Man”Taylor (st) Dave McRae (sb) Mickey Baker (g) Lloyd Trotman (b) Connie Kay (dr).

It Should Have Been Me / Losing Hand / Heartbreaker / Mess Around / Sinner’s Prayer / Funny But I Still Love You.

New York, 17-5-53.

Auguste”Dimes”Dupont (sa) Warren Hebrew (st) Ray Charles (p-vc) Edgear Blanchard (g) Frank Fields (b) Alonzo Stewart (dr).

Feelin’Sad / I Wonder Who.

New Orleans, 18-8-53.

Wallace Demport, Frank Mitchell (tr) O’Neil Gerald (sa) Joe Tillman (st) Warren Bell (sb) Ray Charles (p-vc) Lloyd Lambert (b) Oscar Moore (dr).

Don’t Tyou Know / Nobod Cares / Ray’s Blues / Mr.Charles Blues.

New Orleans, 4-12—53.

Joe Bridgwater, Charles Whitley (tr) Don Wilkerson (st) David Newman (sb) Ray Charles (p-vc) Wesley Jackson (g) Jimmy bell (b) Glenn Brooks (dr).

Blackjack / I Got A Woman / Greenbacks / Come Back Baby.

Atlanta 18-11-54.

Joe Bridgwater, Riley Webb (tr) David Newman (sa-sb) Don Wikerson (st) Ray Charles (p-vc) Roosevelt Sheffiel (b) William Peeples (dr).

A Fool For You / This Little Girl Of Mine / Hard Times / A Bit Of Soul.

Miami, 23-4-55.

Joe Bridgwater, Joshua”Jack”Willis (tr) Don Wikerson (st) Cecil Payne (sb) Ray Charles (p-vc) Paul West (b) Panam Francis (dr).

Mary Ann / I’ll Drown In My Own Tears / Hallelujah / What Could I Do Without You.

18-2-59 New York, 30-11-55.

The Genius After Hours.

Ray Charles (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Joe Harris (dr).

Dawn Ray/ The Man I Love/ Music Music Music / Black Coffee.

New York, 30 -4-56.

The Best Of Ray Charles.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Joe Bridgewater, John Hunt (tr) David Newman (st) Emmett Dennis (sb) Roosvelt Sheffield (b) William Peeples (dr) The Cookies (vc).

Lonely Avenue / I Want To Know / Leave My Woman Alone / What Kind Of A Man Are You.

New York, 16-5-56.

The Ray / I Surrender dear / Hornful Soul / Ain’t Misbehavin’/ Joe Ride / Sweet Sixteen Bars.

New York, 20-11-56.

Doodlin’ / There’s No You / Undecided / My Melancholy Baby.

New York, 26-11-56.

Ray Charles (p) The Relets (vc).

It’s All Right / Ain’t That Love / Get On The Right Track Baby / Rockhouse (parte 1) / Rockhouse (parte 2).

(Atlantic 1369) New York, 27-11-56.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Joe Bridgewater, Ricky Harper (tr) David”Fathead”Newman (sa-st) Emmett Dennis (sb) Edgar Willis (b) William Peeples (dr) The Raelets, Mary Ann Fisher (vc).

That’s Enough / I Want A Little Girl.

New York, 26-5-57.

Swanee River Rock / Talkin’’Bout You / What Kind Of Man Are You.

New York, 28-5-57.

Soul Brothers Soul Meeting.

Billy Mitchell (st) Ray Charles (p-sa) Milt Jackson (vib-p) Skeeter Best (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Connie Kay (dr).

How Long Blues / Cosmic Ray / The Genius After Hours / Charlesville / Bags Of Blues / Deeed I Do / Blue Funk / Soul Brothers / Bag’s Guitar Blues.

(Atlantic 7 81951-2) New York, 12-9-57.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, Lee Harper (tr) David Newman (st-sa) Emmett Dennis (sb) Edgar Wills (b) Richie Goldberg (dr) The Raelets (vc).

Yes Indeed / I Had A Dream / You Be My Baby / Tell All The World About You / My Bonnie.

New York, 17 e 20-2 58.

Soul Meeting.

Ray Charles (p-sa) Milt Jackson (vib) Kenny Burrell (g) Percy Heath (b) Art Taylor (dr).

Hallelujah I Love Her So/ Blue Genius/ X-Ray Blues/ Soul Meeting/ Love On My Mind.

New York, 10-4-58.

The Best Of Ray Charles / At Newport.

Lee Harper, Marcus Belgrave (tr) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford (sb) Ray Charles (p) Edgar Wills (b) Richie Goldberg (dr).

Hot Rod (Spirit Feel) / Blue Waltz / In A Little Spanish Town / Sherry / The Right Time / A Fool For You / I Got A Woman / Talkin’’Bout You / Swanee River Rock / Yes Indeed.

Jazz Festival, Newport, 5-7-58.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford (sb) Edgar Wills (b) Milton Turner (dr).

Early In The Morning / The Right Time / Carryin’That Load / Tell Me How Do You Feel.

New York, 28-10-58.

Ray Charles (p-vc) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford (sb) Edgar Wills (b) Milton Turner (dr).

What’d I say / Tell The Truth.

New York, 18-2-59.


Ray Charles (p-vc) Bob Brookmeyer (tb) Allen Hanlon (g) Wendell Marshall (b) Ted Sommer (dr) Orchestra con anche sezione di archi diretta da Ralph Burns (arr).

Tell Me You’ll Wait For Me / Come Rain Or Come Shine / Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ / Just For A Thrill / You Wont Let Me Go / Am I Blue.

(Atlantic LP 1312) New York, 6-5-59.

Ray Charles In Person.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford (sb) Edgar Wills (b) Teagle Fleming (dr) Marjorie Hendricks, The Raelets (vc).

The Right Time / What’d I Say / The Spirit Feel / Frenesi / Drown In My Own Tears / Tell My Thruth.

(Atlantic LP 8039) Atlanta Georgia, 28-5-59.

Ray Charles With Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Ray Charles (vc-org) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (tr) Melba Liston, Al Grey, Quentin jackson, Tom Mitchell (tb) Marshall Royal, Frank Wess (sa) David Newman, Paul Gonsales, Zoot Sims, Billy Mitchell (st). Benny Crawford, Charles Fowlkes (sb) Freddie Green (g) Edgar Willis, Eddie Jones (b) Teagle Fleming, Charlie Persip (dr) Quincy Jones (arr).

Let The Good Times Roll / Alexander’s Ragtime Band / ‘Deed I Do / Two Tears Of Torture / When Your Lover Has Gone / It Had To be You.

(Atlantic LP 1312) New York, 23-6-59.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford (sb) Edgar Willis (b) Teagle Fleming (dr).

I’m Movin’On / I Believe To My Soul.

New York, 26-6-59.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) David Newman (st) Bennie Crawford, Leory Cooper (sb) Edgar Willis (b) Milt Turner (dr).

Them That Got / Who You Gonna Love / My Baby (I Love Her Eyes).

New York, 29-12-59.

The Genius Hits The Road.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) Bennie Crawford (sb-sa) Leroy Cooper (sb) David Newman (st) Edgar Willis (b) Milt Turner (dr) sezione di archi diretta da Ralph Burns (arr).

Georgia On My Mind / Moonlight In Vermont / Moon Over Miami / Blue Haway (parte 1) / Blue Haway (parte 2) / Chattanooga Choo Choo / Basin Street Blues / Deep In The Heart Of Texas.

New York, 25-3-60.

Mississippi Mud / Alabamy Bound / California Here I Come / New York’s My Home / Carry My Back To Hold Virginy.

New York, 29-3-60.

Stesso organico con Martin Banks per Belgrave.

I Wonder / Sticks And Stones / Worried Life Blues.

(Dunhill DZS 036 CD) New York, 27-4-60.

Dedicated To You.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Martin Banks, John Hunt (tr) Bennie Crawford (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Bill Pittman (g) Edgar Willis (b) Irv Cotler (dr) con sezione di archi diretta da Marty Paich (arr).

Nancy / Ruby / Stella By Starlight / Cherry / Candy / Diane.

(Dunhill DZS 037 CD) Los Angeles, 23-8-60.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Wallace Davemport (tr) Marcus Belgrave (tr) Henderson Chambers (tb) Leon Comegys (tb) John Hervert (tb) Keg Johnson (tb/b) Rudy Powell (sa-cl) Don Wilkerson (st-fl) John Hunt (tr) Bennie Crawford (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) con sezione di archi diretta da Marty Paich (arr).

Margie / Sweet Georgia Brown/ Hard hearted Hannah / Rosetta / Marie / Josephine.

(DunhilDZS 037 CD) Los Angeles, 24-8-60.


Ray Charles (vc-org) Calrk Terry, Phillip Guilbeau, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Eugene Young (tr) Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Henry Coker, Al Grey (tb) Frank Wess, MarshLL Roayal (sa) Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster (st) Charlie Fowlkes (sb) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (dr) Ralph Burns, Quincy Jones (arr).

From The Heart / I’ve Got News For You / Mister C / Stompin’ Room Only / Moanin’ / Strike Up The Band.

(Impulse AS-2) New York, 26-12-60.

Genius+Soul Jazz.

Ray Charles (vc-org) Clark Terry, Phillip Guilbeau, Joe Wilder, John Frosk, Jimmy Nottingham (tr) Jimmy Cleveland, Keg Johnson, Urbie Grren, George Matthews (tb) George Dorsey, Earl Warren (sa) Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell (st) Haywood Henry (sb) Sam Herman (g) Joe Benjamin (g) Roy Haynes (dr) Ralph Burns, Quincy Jones (arr)..

Let’s Go / One Minut Julep / I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town / Birth Of The Blues.

(DCC 038) New York, 27-12-60.

The Genius Of Ray Charles.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman, Cnookie Young, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson, Thomas Mitchell, Al Grey (tb) Frank Wess (sa-fl-st) Marshall Royal (sa) Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims, David Newman (st) Charlie Fowlkes. Bennie Crawford (sb) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones, Edgar Willis (b) Charlie Persip, Teagle Fleming (dr) Jose Mangual (perc).

Alexander’s Ragtime Band / Let The Good Times Roll / Deed I Do.

Stesso organico con Billy Mitchell per Sims.

It Had To be You / Two Years Of Torture / When Your Lover Has Gone.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Bob Brookmeyer (tb) Allen Hanlon (g) Wendell Marshall (b) Ted Sommer (dr) con una grossa formazione di legni e archi diretta da Harry Lookofsky.

Just For A Thrill / You Won’t Let Me Go / Tell Me You’ll Wait For Me / Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ / Am I Blue / Come Rain Or Come Shine.

(Atlantic 1312) 1960.

Ray Charles And Betty Carter.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Bill Pittman (g) Edgar Willis (b) Mel Lewis (dr-vib) Betty Carter (vc) con orchestra d’archi diretta da Marty Paich (arr).

Goodbye We’ll Be Together / Every Time We Say Goodbye / For All We Know / Cocktails For Two.

(ABC Para ABC 385) Los Angeles, 13-6-61.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt, Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Don Fagerquist (tr) Dick Nash, Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino, Ken Shroyer (tb) Benny Crawford (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Bill Pittman (g) Edgar Willis (b) Mel Lewis (dr) Bruno Carr (perc) Betty Carter (vc).

You And I / It Take Two Ton Tango / Side By Side / Baby It’s Could Outside / Together / People Will Say We’re In Love / Just You Just me.

(Dunhill DZS 037 CD) Los Angeles, 14-6-61.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt (tr) Dick Nash, Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino, Ken Shroyer (tb) Benny Crawford (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Bill Pittman (g) Edgar Willis (b) Mel Lewis (dr) Bruno Carr (perc).

Unchain My Heart / Hit The Road Jack / Danger Zone / But On The Other Hand Baby / Them That Got.

(Duhnill DZS 036 CD) Los Angeles, 15-7-61.

Ray + Soul = Genius.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Phil Guilbeau, Wallace Davemport, Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt (tr) James Herbert, Leon Comegys, Henderson Chambers, Keg Johnson (tb) Rudy Powell, Benny Crawford (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Don Wilkerson (st-cl) Leroy Cooper (sb) Elebert Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bruno Carr (dr) The Raelets: Gwendolyn Berry, Darlene McCrea, Priscilla Lyles, Marjorie Hendricks (vc).

Doodlin’ / The Story / Li’l Darlin’ / One Mint Julep / Let The Good Time Roll / Georgia In My Mind / Ruby My Dear / My Bonnie Is Over The Ocean / The Right Time / Stick And Stone / Hallelujah / What’d Say.

Parigi, Francia, 21 e 22-10-61.

Let The Good Time Roll / Georgia In My Mind / I believe To My Soul / Come Rain Or Come Shine / Hallelujah / Alexander’s Ragtime Band / I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town / Hit The Road Jack / Margie.

(JMY 1009-2 CD). Parigi, Francia, 22-10-61.

Modern Sounds: Soul, Country & Western, Vol.1.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Martin Banks, Wallace Davemport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt (tr) George Matthews, Jim Herbert, Dicky Wells (tb) Keg Johnson (tb/b) Hank Crawford, Rudy Powell (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Don Wilkerson (st-cl) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bruno Carr (dr).

Bye Bye Love / Careless Love / Careless Love (alt.take) / Hey Good Lookin’ / Just A Little Lovin’.

Los Angeles, 5-2-62.

Stesso organico con Gill Fuller (arr-dir).

Just A little Lovin’ / Half As Much / Move It On Over / It Makes No Difference Now.

Los Angeles, 7-2-62.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con l’orchestra diretta da Marty Paich e Jack Hallorin (arr-dir).

At The Club / Hide Nor Hair / I Love You So Much It Hurts / You Don’t Know Me / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Born To Loose / You Win Again / Worrie Mind.

Los Angeles, 9 e 15-2-62.

Berlin 1962.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davemport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt (tr) Henderson Chaners, James Harbert, Keg Johnson, Dicky Wells (tb) Keg Johnson (tb/b) Hank Crawford, Rudy Powell (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st-sa-fl) Don Wilkerson (st-cl) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forrest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bruno Carr (dr) The Raelets:Gwen Berry, Margie Hendrick, Darlene Love, Pat Mosely (vc).

Band Intro / Strike Up the Band / One Mint Julep / I Got A Woman / Georgia On My Mind / Marge / The Danger Zone / Hellelujah I Love Her So / Come Rain or Come Sgine / Hide Nor Hair / Alexander’s Ragtime Band / I Believe To My Soul / Hit The Road Jack / The Right Time / Bye Bye Love / Unchain My Heart / What I’d Say.

(Pablo PACD 5301-2 CD) JATP Berlino, Germania, 6-3-62.

Modern Sounds: Soul, Country & Western, Vol.2.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Martin Banks, Wallace Davemport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt (tr) George Matthews, Jim Herbert, Leon Comegys, Dicky Wells (tb) Keg Johnson (tb/b) Hank Crawford, Rudy Powell (sa) David”Fathead” Newman (st) Don Wilkerson (st-cl) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bruno Carr (dr) The Raelets (vc).

No Letter To Day / Oh Lonesome Me / You Are My Sunnshine / Midnight / Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You / Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles.

Los Angeles, 5-9-62.

Your Cheatin’Heart / Making Believe / Take These Chains From My Heart / Hang Your Head In Shame / I’ll Never Stand In Your Way / Teardrops In My Heart.

Los Angeles, 7-9-62.

Stesso organico con Ed Burke (tb) Harold Vick (st) Wilbert”G.T.”Hogan (dr) per Comegys, Wilkerson, Carr e con Gerald Wilson (dir-arr).

Without Love (there is nothing) / The Brightest Smile In Town / Don’t Set Me Free / No One.

New York, 5-1-63.

Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Al Hendrickson (g) Joe Confort (b) Stella Castellucci (arpa) Irv Cotler (dr) sezione di archi diretta da Marty Paich (arr) The Jack Holloran Singers (vc).

That Lucky Old Sun / Ol’Man River / Over The Raimbow / Without A Song.

Los Angeles, 10-7-63.

Born To be Blue / A Stranger In Town / You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Los Angeles, 13-7-63.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Wallace Davemport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt, Oliver Beener (tr) Henderson Chambers, Julian Priester, Jim Herbert, Keg Johnson (tb) Hank Crawford, Bill Pearson (sa) James Clay, David Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Wilbert”G.T.Hogan (dr) The Raelets (vc) Johnny Parker, Benny Carter (arr-dir).

Ol’Man Time / Busted / Where Can I Go / In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down).

Los Angeles, 13-7-63.

Hawe A Smile With Me.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Wallace Davemport, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt, Oliver Beener (tr) Henderson Chambers, Julian Priester, Jim Herbert, Keg Johnson (tb) Hank Crawford, Bill Pearson (sa) James Clay, David Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Wilbert”G.T.Hogan (dr) The Raelets (vc) Johnny Parker, Benny Carter (arr-dir).

Feudin And Fightin’ / Ma She’s Makin’Eyes At Me / Two Ton Tessie / I Never See Maggie Alone / The Thing / The Man With The Wierd Heard / The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane / Mover It Over / Who Cares? (From me).

Los Angeles, 13-7-63.

Sweet And Sour Tears.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Burgess Gardner, Phil Guilbeau, John Hunt, Oliver Beener (tr) Henderson Chambers, Julian Priester, Jim Herbert, Keg Johnson (tb) Harold “Geezil”Minerve, Danny Turner (sa) James Clay, David Newman (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Wilbert”G.T. Hogan (dr) The Raelets (vc) Calvin Jackson (arr-dir).

Teardrops From My Eyes / Willow Weep For Me / I Cried For You / Don’t Cry Baby / Cry Me A River / Baby Don’t You Cry.

Los Angeles, 9 e 10-1-64.

Stesso organico con Sid Feller e Gene Lovell (dir-arr) per Jackson.

I’ll Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry / Cry / You’ve Got Me Crying Again / My Heart Cries For You / After My Laughter Came Tears / A Tear Fell / No One To Cry To.

Los Angeles, 23 e 24-1-64.

Stesso organico con Gerlad Wilson (dir-arr).

Something’s Wrong / My Baby Don’t Dig Me / I Wake Up Crying.

New York, 7 e 8-5-64.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Oliver Beener, Roy Burrowers, Phil Guilbeau, Floyd Jones, Curtis Miller (tr) Fred Morden, Jim Herbert, Keg Johnson (tb) Harold Geezil Minerve, Danny Turner (sa) David Newman, James Clay (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sommy Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bob Thompson (dr) The Raelets (vc) Sid Feller (arr-dir) Benny Carter (arr).

Smack Dab In The Middle.

New York, luglio, 1964.

Live In Concert.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Oliver Beener, Phil Guilbeau, Wallace Davemport (tr) John Hunt (tr-flic) Julian Priester, Jim Herbert, Henderson Chambers (tb) Keg Johnson (tb/b) Hank Crawford (sa) Bill Pearson (sa-fl) David Newman, James Clay (st) Leroy Cooper (sb) Sommy Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Wilbert “G.T.”Hogan (dr) The Raelets (vc).

Opening / Swing A Little Taste / I Gotta Woman (parte 1) / I Gotta Woman (parte 2) / Margie / You Don’t Know Me / Hide Nor Hair / Baby Don’t You Cry / Makin’Whoopee (parte 1) / Makin’Whoopee (parte 2) / Hallelujah / Don’t Set me Free / What’d I say / Finale.

Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 20-9-64.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

I’m A Fool To Care / Love’s Gonna Live Here / The Cincinnati Kid / That’s All I Am To You / Crying Time / When My Dreamboat Comes Home.


Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra, The Jack Halloran Singers, The Raelets (vc).

Together Again / I Like To hear It Sometime / I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail / Please Forgive And Forget / I Don’t Care / Next Door To The Blues / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Light Out Of The Darkness / Maybe It’s Nothing At All / All Night Long / Don’t Let Her Know / Watch I Baby.

Los Angeles, 1965.

Ray’s Mood.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

What-cha Doing In There / Please Say You’re Fooling / By The Light On The Silvery Moon / You Don’t Understand / Maybe It’s Because Of Love / Chitlins With Candied Yams / Granny Wasn’t Grinning That Day / She’s Lonesome Again / Sentimental Journey / A Born Loser / It’s A Man’s World / A Girl Used ToKNow.

Los Angeles, 1965-1966.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

I Choose To Sing The Blues / I Don’t Need No Doctor / No Use Crying / Chittlin’s With Candied Yams.


Crying Time.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Crying Time / No Use Crying / Let’s Get Stoned / Going Down Slowly / Peace Of Mind / Tears / Drifting Blues / We Don’t See Eye To Eye / You’re In For A Big Surprise / You’re Just About To Lose Your Clown / Don’t You Think I Ougth To Know / You’ve Got A Problem.


Ray Charles Invites You To Listen.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra diretta da Sid Feller (arr).

She’s Funny That Way / How Deep Is The Ocean / You Made Me Love You When I Saw You Cry / Yesterday / I’ll Be Seeing You / Hereb We Go Again / All For You / Love Walked In / Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You / People / In The Heat Of The Night.


Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Teardrops In My Heart / Eleanor Rigby / You Don’t Understand / A Girl I Used To Know.


A Portrait Of Ray.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Never Say Now / The Sun Died / Am I Blue / Yesterday / When I Stop Dreamin’ / I Won’t Leave / A Sweet Young Thing Like You / The Bright Lights And You Girl / Understanding / Eelanor Rigby.


I Am All Yours Baby.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Yours / I Didn’t Know What Time It Was / Love Is here To Stay / Memories Of You / ‘Till The End Of Time / I Had The Craziest Dream / Somebody You’ll be Sorry / Indian Love Call / I Dream Of You (More That You Dream I Do) / Gloomy Sunday.

Los Angeles, inizio 1969.

Doing This Thing.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

The Same Thing That Can Make You Laugh (Can Make You Cry) / Finders Keepers Losers Weepers / You Ough To Chance Your Ways / Baby Please / Come And Get It / We Can Make It / I’m Ready / That Thing Called Love / If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck / I Told You So.


My Kind Of Jazz.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Golden Boy / Booty-Butt / This Here / I Remember Clifford / The Sidewinder / Bluesette / Pas-se-o-ne Blues / Zig Zag / Angel City / Senor Blues.

(Tangerine TRCS 1512) Los Angeles, 1970.

Love Country Style.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

If You Were Mine / Ring Of Fire / Your Love Is So Doggone Good / Don’t Change On Me / Till I Can’t Take It Anymore / You’ve Still Got A Place In My Heart / I Keep It Hid / Sweet Memories / Good Morning Dear / Show Me The Sunshine.

(Dunhill DZS 036 CD) 1970.

Vulcanic Action Of My Soul.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

See You Then / What Am I Living For / Feel So bad / The Long And Winding Road / The 3 Bells / All I Ever Need Is You / Wichita Lineman / Something / I May Be Wrong / Down In The Valley.

(ABC Para ABC 726) Los Angeles, 1971.

Jazz Number II.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra comprendente: Blue Mitchell (tr) Teddy Edwards (st-arr) Alf Clausen, Jimmy Heath, Roger Neuman (arr).

Our Suite / A Pair Of Threes / Manha de Carnival / Goin’Home / Kids Are Pretty People / Togetherness / Brazilian Skies.

(Tangerine TRCS 1516) Los Angeles, 1971-1972.

A Message For The People.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

Lift Every Voice And Sing / Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong / Heaven Help Us All / There’ll be No Peace Without All Men As One / Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma / Abraham Martin & John / Take Me Home Country / Every Saturday Night / America The Beautiful / Hey Mister.

(ABC Para ABC 755) 1972.

Through The Eyes Of Love.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra.

My First Night Alone Without You / I Can Make It Throughout The Day (But Oh Those Lonely Nights) / Someone To Watch Over Me / Perfect Love / If You Wouldn’t Be My Baby / You Leave Me Breathless / Never Ending Song Of Love / Rainy Night In Georgia.

(ABC Para ABC 765) 1972.

Live Newport In New York.

Ray Charles (keyb-vc) altri non identificati.

Every Saturday Night / Just A Man.

(Buddah BDS 5616) Live”Newport In New York”,29-6 e 8-7-73.

Come Live With Me.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Till There Was You / If You Go Away / It Take So Little Time / Come Live With Me / Problems Problems / Where Was He? / Louise / Everybody Sing / Somebody.

(Crossover SHA-U 145)

Los Angeles, 1974.



Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Living For The City / Then We’ll Come Home / MY God And I / We’re Gonna Make It / For Mamma / Sunshine / It Ain’t Easy Being Green / Sail Away.

(Crossover CR 9005)



My Kind Of Jazz III.

Ray Charles (p-vc) con orchestra comprendente: Johnny Coles, Phil Guilbeau (tr) Glenn Childress (tb) Clifford Solomon (sa) James Clay (st) Leory Cooper (sb) Ernest van Trease (p-p/el) Alf Clausen, Jimmy Heath, Roger Neuman (arr).

I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ / For Her / Sister Sadie / 4/4 Of The Time / Ray Minor Ray / Samba De Elencia / Metamorphosis / Nothing Wrong / Project S.

(Crossover CR 9005)

Los Angeles, 1975.

Live In Japan.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Metamorphosis / A Pair Of Three / Spain / Blowin’The Blues Away / Then I’ll Be Home / Let The Good Times Roll / ‘Till There Was You / Feel So Bad / Georgia On My Mind / Busted / Am I Blue / Living For The City / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Take My Home Country Roads / Don’t Let Her Know / What I Say.

(Crossover GSW 535/6) 1975.


Spirit Of Christmas.

Ray Charles (p-vc-keib-arr) con gruppo comprendente: Freddie Hubbard (tr-flic) Rudy Johnson (st) Jeff Pevar, Kevin Turner (g) James Polk, Larry MUhoberac, Bill McEljiney (arr).

What Child Is This (Greensleeves) / The Little Drummer Boy / Santa Claus Is Coming Home / This Time Of The Year / Rudoplh The Red-Nosed Reindeer / That Spiirit Of Christmas / All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth / Christmas In My Heart / Winter Wonderland / Christmas Time.

(Columbia CK 40125) New York, 1976.

Porgy And Bess.

Harry”Sweet”Edison, Buddy Childers (tr) Britt Woodman, Jay Jay Johnson, Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Plas Johnson, Jerome Richardsson (reeds) Ray Charles (p-p/el-org-cel-vc) Victor Feldman, Joe Sample (p) Joe Pass (g) Chuck Donamico, Chuck Berghofer, Max Bennett (b) Larry Bunker (perc). On some tracks: Ray Charles (p-p/el) Roy Parker (g) Scott Edward (b/el) Jimmy Smith (dr) Cleo Laine (vc).

Instrumental tracks: Ray Charles (p-p/el) Roy Parker (g) Scott Edwards (b/el) Jimmy Smith (dr) Vcl tracks following: Al Aarons, Bill Berry, Oscar Brashear, Ray Triscari (tr) Garbett Brown, Benny Powell, George Roberts (tb) Gary Herbig, Bill Hood, Sam Most, Wilbur Schwartz, Eddie Watts, Bill Perkins, Jerome Richardson, William Green (reeds) con gruppo di archi composto da: 20 violini, 7 viole, 8 violincelli, Ralph Grierson, Paul Smith (p) Tommy Morgan (arm) John Morell, Lee Ritenour (g) Jim Hughart (b) Washington Rucker (dr) Alan Estes, Emil Radocchia, Jerry Williams (perc) Gerard Vinci, Erno Neufeld (dir) Frank DeVol (arr-dir) The Reverend James Cleveland Singers (vc).

Summertime (stru) / Summertime /My Man’s Gone Now / A Woman Is A Sometime Thing / They pass By Singin’ / What Do You Want Whit Bess / I Got Plenty O’Nuthing (stru) / I Got Plenty O’Nuthing / Buzzard Song / Bess You is My Woman Now / Oh Doctor Jesus / Crab Man / Here Come De Honey Man / Strawberry Woman (stru) Strawberry Woman / It Ain’t Necessarily So (stru) / It Ain’t Necessarily So / There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York (stru) There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’Soon For New York / I Love You Porgy (stru) I Love You Porgy / Oh Bess Oh Where’s My Bess (stru) Oh Bess Oh Where’s My Bess.

(London D13D/12) Los Angeles, 20-23 Aprile e 13 Luglio 1976.

True To Life.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

I Can’t See Cleary Now / The Jealous Kind / Oh What A Beautiful Morning / How Long As This Been Going On / Be My Love / Anonymous Love / Heavenly Music / Game Number Nine / Let It Be.

(Atlantic SD 19142).


Ray Charles Live In Poland.

Ray Charles (p-vc) The Raelets (vc)

Opening Theme / One Mint Julip / Georgia On Mi Mind / I’ll Come Home / Come Live With Me / Some Enchanted Evening / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Knock On Wood / Makin’Love In ¾ Time / Born To Love / (I Wanna Keep) Singin / What’d I Say.

(Poljazz PSJ 002) Polonia, 1978.

Love & Peace.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

You 20th Century Fox / Take Of That Dress / She Knows / Ridin’Thumb / We Had It All / No Achievement Showing / A Peace That We Never before Could Enjoy / Is There Anyone Out There / Give The Poor Man A Breack.

(Atlantic SD 191199)

Los Angeles, 1978.

Ain’t It So.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Some Enchanted Evening / Blues In The Night / Just Because / What’ll I Do / One Of Those Days / Love Me Or Set Me Free / Drift Away / Love Mi Tonight.

(Atlantic SD 19121)



Brother Ray Is At It Again.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Comparated To What / Anyway You Want To / Don’t You Love Anymore / A Poor Man’s Song / Now That We-ve Found Each Other / Ophelia / I Can’t Change It / Questions.

(Atlantic SD 19281)



Wish You Where Here Tonight.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Terry McMillan (arm) Phil Baugh (g) Buddy Emmons (g) Hoot Hester (mand) Vick Jordan (bj) Matt Morris (b) James Gadson (dr).

¾ Time / I Wish You Were Here Tonight / Ain’t You Memory Got Not Pride At All / Born To Love Me / I Don’t Want No Stranger Sleepin’In MY Bed / Let Your Love Flow / You feel Good All Over / String Bean / You’ve Got The Longest Leaviong Act In Town / Shakin’Your Head.

(Columbia FC 38293)

Los Angeles & Nashville, 1983.


Ray Charles (keyb-vc) Hank Williams Jr (vc) Denis Solee (sax) Bobby Wood (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm) Billy Sanford, Pete Bordonali (g) Pete Drake (g) Dale Sellers (g) Henry Strzelecki (b) Jerry Carrigan (dr) Hershell Viginton, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver, Louis Nunley (vc).

Two Old Cats Like Us.

Ray Charles (keyb-vc) Oak Ridge Boys (vc) Hargus Pig Robins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm-perc) Billy Sanford, Dale Seller (g) Pete Drake (g) Pete Bordonali (g/el) Henry Strzelecki (b) Kelly Malone (dr).

This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again).

Ray Charles (keyb-vc) George Jones (vc) Hargus Pig Robins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm-perc) Billy Sanford, Pete Bordonali, Chet Atkins, Buddy Emmons, Reggie Young (g-g/el) Henry Strzelecki (b) Kelly Malone (dr) Ron Snake Reynolds (perc) Pete Drake (dobro).

We Didn’t See A Thing.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Jane Fricke (vc) Hargus Pig Robins (keyb) Dale Seller (g) Pete Drake (g) Pete Bordonali (g/el) Pete Sanford (g) Henry Strzelecki (b) Jerry Kroon (dr) Ron Snake Reynolds, Terry McMillan (perc) Hershell Viginton, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver, Louis Nunley (vc).

Who Cares (So Long As You Care For Me).

Ray Charles (p-vc) B.J.Thomas (vc) Hargus Pig Robins (keyb) Billy Sanford, Jerry Kennedy (g) Pete Drake (g) Dale Seller (g) Robert Wray II (b) Kenneth Moore (dr) Terry McMillan (perc).

Rock And Roll Shoes.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Mickey Gilley (vc) Hargus ”Pig” Robins (keyb) Billy Sanford, Pete Drake (g) Pete Bordonali (g) Robert Wray II (b) Kenneth Moore (dr) Terry McMillan (perc) Jerry Douglas (dobro).


Ray Charles (p-vc) Mickey Gilley (vc) Hargus ”Pig” Robins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm) Billy Sanford, Dale Seller, Pete Drake, Pete Bordonali (g) Robert Wray II (b) Jerry Carrigan (dr) Ron Snake Reynolds (perc) The A Strings Strings.

It Ain’t Gonna Worry My Mind.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Mwerle Haggart (vc) Hargus ”Pig” Robins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm) Billy Sanford, Pete Bordonali, Buddy Emmons, Reggie Young (g) Henry Strzelecki (b) Kenny Malone (dr) Pete Drake (dobro) The A Strings Strings.

Little Hotel Room.

Ray Charles (vc-keyb) Johnny Cash (vc) Hargus “Pig” Robbins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm-perc) Billy Sanford, Dale Sellers (g) Pete Drake (steel/g) Pete Bordonali (g/el) Henry Strzelecki (b) Kenny Malone (dr) The A Strings (archi) Hershel Wiginton, Judy Rodman, Wendy Suits, Louis Nunley (vc).

Crazy old soldier.

Ray Charles (vc-keyb) Willie Nelson (vc) Joseph McElhiney, Bill McElhiney (tr) Hargus “Pig” Robbins (keyb) Terry McMillan (arm) Billy Sanford, Dale Sellers, Pete Bordonali (g) Pete Drake (steel/g) Robert Wray II (b) Kenny Malone (dr) The A Strings (archi) Hershel Wiginton, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver, Louis Nunley (vc).

Seven Spanish angels.

(Columbia FC39415) Los Angeles, CA, 1984.

From The Pages Of My Mind.

Ray Charles (vc-p-org) Pete Bordonali, Pete Drake, Jerry Kennedy (g) Kenny Malone (dr) Terry McMillan (arm) Weldon Myrick, Bobby Ogdin, William Puett, Hargus “Pig” Robbins (keyb) Billy Sanford, Dale Sellers (g) Henry Strzelecki (b) Timmy Tappan, Bobby Wood, Bob Wray (unknown inst) Louis Nunley, Judy Rodman, Diane Tidwell, Hershel Wiginton (vc) sezione di archi.

The pages of my mind / Slip away / Anybody with the blues / Class reunion / Caught a touch of your love / A little bit of heaven / Dixie moon / Over and over again / Beaucoup love / Love is worth the pain.

(Columbia FC40338) Nashville, Tenn., 1986.

Just Between Us.

Ray Charles (vc-p-arr)  B.B. King (vc) Gladys Knight (vc) Jim Johnson (vc) Kenny Carr (vc) Lou Rawls (vc) Milt Jackson (vib) Marty Paich, Quincy Jones, Ralph Burns.

Nothing like a hundred miles / I wish I’d never loved you at all / Too hard to love you / Stranger in my own home town / Save the bones for Henry Jones / How I don’t believe that anymore / Let’s call the whole thing off / Over the top / I’d walk a little more for you / If that’s what’cha want.

(Columbia FC40703) 1988.

Would You Believe.

Ray Charles (vc-keyb) 

I’ll take care of you / Your love keeps me satisfied / Ellie, my love / I can’t get enough / Let’s get back to where we left off / Child support alimony / Fresh out of tears / Living without you / Where’re the stairs? / Leave him.

(Warner Bros. 9-26343)


Just You Just Me.

Ray Charles (p-vc) Betty Carter (vc).

Every time we say goodbye / You and I / Goodbye we’ll be together again / People will say we’re in love / Cocktails for two / Side by side / Baby, it’s cold outside / Together / For all we know / Takes two to tango / Alone together / Just you, just me / But on the other hand baby / I never see Maggie alone / I like to hear it sometime.

(Traditional Line TL1308)

New York, 1991.

Live ’93.

Ray Charles (p-vc) 

Sadie’s tune / Georgia on my mind / I’m busted / Mississippi mud / How long has this been going on / Blues for Scotia / Still crazy / Stranger in my own town / Brightest smile / Introducing the singers / Rocksteady / Baby, it’s cold outside / I can’t stop loving you / What I say.

(Intro Jazz Door JD1263). 1993.


My World.

Ray Charles (vc-synt) Bill Preston (org) Greg Phillinganes (p) Eric Clapton (g) Abe laboriel (b/el) Carl King (dr/el) Steve Gadd (dr) Mavin Staples (vc) 

My World / A Song For You / None Od Use Are Free / So Help Me God / Let Me Take Over / One Drop Of Love / If I Could / Love As A Mind Of Its Own / I’ll Be ‘There / Still Crazy After All These Years.

(Warner Bros.7599-26735) 1993.chiusura



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