RAY CHARLES
         The Genius After Hours

               NYC, April 30, 1956  tk3,6,8
                  Ray Charles         P,Vo
                  Oscar Pettiford    B
                  Joe Harris           D

               NYC, November 20, 1956 tk2,4,5
                  Joe Bridgewater    TP
                  John Hunt             TP
                  David Newman      TS,AS
                  Emmett Dennis      VB
                  Ray Charles            P,Vo
                  Roosevelt Sheffield B
                 William Peeples       D

                NYC, September 12, 1957 tk1,7
                   Ray Charles          AS,P
                                                                                                           Oscar Pettiford     B
                                                                                                           Connie Kay          D

Reviewby Scott Yanow
Taken from the same three sessions as The Great Ray Charles but not duplicating any of the performances, this set casts Charles as a jazz-oriented pianist in an instrumental setting. Brother Charles has five numbers with a trio (three songs have Oscar Pettiford on bass) and jams on three other tunes ("Hornful Soul," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and "Joy Ride") with a septet arranged by Quincy Jones; solo space is given to David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and alto and trumpeter Joseph Bridgewater. Fine music -- definitely a change of pace for Ray Charles.

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