Charles, Ray - ?-Genio - Ray Charles Live In Brazil 1963

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Rhino
Catalog Number: 970389
Format: DVD
Total Time: 105:00:00

You know what is nice about writing a review on Ray Charles? He was celebrated while he was here in the world of the living, not after his passing.

Ô-Genio: Ray Charles Live In Brazil 1963 is an early performance in black and white film of Ray and his incredible band performing live in Brazil in 1963. While the quality of the video is suspect at times, particularly on the second set, the performance by Charles and his orchestra is simple mesmersizing. To be honest, I never delved into this man's music as I did on this DVD. Much to my delight, I absolutely loved every minute of this.

Charles really was a musical genius. His ability to take ordinary standards like "You Are My Sunshine" and "My Bonnie" and turn them into soulful jazz workouts was a true wonder of musicianship and technical brilliance.

I can easily overlook the quality of the video for the historical importance and musical treasure that this performance captures. If you like the music of Ray Charles, or music in general for that matter, you will sincerely appreciate what this timeless DVD has to offer.

First show: What'd I Say (4:18) / Take These Chains From My Heart (2:56) / You Are My Sunshine (3:21) / Set Me Free (2:57) / Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (3:14) / My Bonnie (3:53) / In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (7:03) / Just A Little Lovin' (2:44) / You Don't Know Me (3:33) / Margie (1:55) / Hit The Road Jack (2:17) / Moanin' (3:03) / Birth Of A Band (3:44) / Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:47) / Untitled Jazz Instrumental (3:04)

Second show: Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:59) / In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (6:28) / Commercial: Erontex (2:32) / Moanin' (3:03) / My Bonnie (4:01) / No One (3:48) / Don't Set Me Free (3:10) / Take These Chains From My Heart (2:56) / Commercial: Erontex (2:32) / I Can't Stop Loving You (3:06) / Don't Set Me Free Reprise (2:50) / You Are My Sunshine (3:18) / What'd I Say (4:22) / Commercial: Ray Charles Entre Nos (1:22) / Closing Announcement (2:12)

Ray Charles - piano, alto sax, vocals
Oliver Beener - trumpet
Gwen Berry - background vocals
Tina Brooks - tenor sax
Roy Burrowes - trumpet
Henderson Chambers - tenor trombone Leroy Cooper - baritone sax
Philip Guilbeau - trumpet
Margie Hendrix - background vocals
Wilbert G.T. Hogan - drums
Harold "Geezil" Minerve - alto sax
David "Fathead" Newman - tenor sax
Julian Priester - background vocals
Dan Turner - alto sax
Edgar Willis - bass

Extensive, includes these reviewed titles: Genius Loves Company (2004)
More Music From Ray (2005)

Ô-Genio: Ray Charles Live In Brazil 1963 (DVD) (2004)

Genre: Jazz/Trad. Jazz

Origin US

Added: February 19th 2005
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website:
Hits: 550
Language: english


[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]