Ray Charles: The Spirit of Christmas

RayCharles_TheSpiritOfChristmasThe genius of soul’s Christmas album back in print!

Surprisingly, this 1985 album is Ray Charles’ only Christmas album. Recorded with a sizzling band and guests that include trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Rudy Johnson, guitarist Jeff Pevar, and the Raeletts, this is (despite the wintery cover photo) a warm and soulful album of Christmas and holiday songs. Charles and his co-arrangers (James Polk, Larry Muhoberac and Bill McElhiney) stretch out across soul balladry, jazz, horn-lined swing, choral harmony, and blue country. There’s a lot of style packed into this album’s ten tracks. Concord’s reissue (the first in twelve years) adds the Ray Charles/Betty Carter duet “Baby it’s Cold Outside” to the original album, extending the running time to 47 minutes. This is a solid shot of rhythm and soul for your holiday party. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

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One Response to “Ray Charles: The Spirit of Christmas”

  1. Dawood says:

    Frank Sinatra called him “The only genius in our business” and that obviously wasn’t a kind of exaggeration.

    Here I’ve tried to collect all notable tributes paid to Ray Charles by peers:

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