I am excited about a new CD I downloaded Friday night from eMusic, before the release date of October 3, called Ray Sings, Basie Swings. The last time I mentioned Ray Charles, I found out Melanie was a fan, so at least one person may get something from this post. In case you’re wondering how Ray Charles released this album posthumously, here’s the scoop:

Ray Sings, Basie Swings combines archival, never-before-heard Ray Charles vocal recordings with brand-new performances by the Count Basie Orchestra. This ground breaking CD gives listeners the unprecedented experience of hearing Ray Charles at the dazzling peak of his vocal prowess. Ray Sings, Basie Swings was created with the most up-to-date recording and mixing technology, offering sound quality that is state-of-the art.


A Project Summary….
The producers of this CD discovered archival reels of Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra performing live together in 1973. Although the vocals were superior, the remaining elements were of extremely poor quality. They decided to bring the current Basie Orchestra into the studio and, using the latest technology, they carefully and painstakingly laid down a new instrumental backdrop for Charles’ towering vocals.


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