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Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company
Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
Original Release Date: August 31, 2004
Format: Enhanced
Label: Concord Records
Bitrate: 320 kbps

The fact that Genius Loves Company will be Ray Charles's final new album inspires an unavoidable blue feeling. But it's also a happy reminder that the man spent the last months of his life at work doing what he loved. The overall effect of these dozen duets is autumnal and smooth. Brother Ray is on point and cruising here. Fine moments abound--you can hear his delight even in the rather stiff company of Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. His voice sounds a bit frayed by ill health at times, but it also allows for great performances like the slyness behind the ache in his version of the old soul hit "Hey Girl" with Michael McDonald and a grand "Crazy Love" with Van Morrison. Potently, he and Gladys Knight remind us of the continued timeliness of Stevie Wonder's "Heaven Help Us All." Its best moments make Company one more essential purchase for Ray Charles fans. ~ Rickey Wright

Ray Charles truly gave back to the world of music. In his last album, a series of duets, aptly titled "Genius Loves Company", Charles and his collaborators give us that eclectic mix of styles he was known for.

There are a couple of tracks, recorded early in 2004, when Ray was ill, where his voice and manner are notably subdued. There are three miscalculations of the choice of songs that he made with his collaborator. There are the inevitable difficulties of harmonizing with Ray -- (a man who had a knack for never singing a song the way you expect someone to), and those come through in some of the duets, although most feature echo singing and response, and little harmony.

What a thrill to be asked to work with Ray on one of his previous hits....Gladys Knight is his featured partner in his gospel classic, "Heaven Help Us All". Backed by a choir, Ray and Gladys mix richly. Ray has several blues cuts on the CD -- the best of these is "Sinner's Prayer" with BB King. Ray jams on the piano and BB gives Lucille a workout, with some background Hammond B3 by the legendary Billy Preston. Ray and BB have a natural mix on one of Ray's oldest songs. Some close harmony in the country blues cut "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" shines through in the featured song with Bonnie Raitt -- produced by Phil Ramone, it is a great mix of vocals and blues guitar. Ray first did the song at the beginning of his career. There's a changeup from country in the old Eddy Arnold standard, "You Don't Know Me" with Ray and Diana Krall. Ray first did it in 1962, and the song is made richer with the jazzy counterpoint of Krall's flawless voice--another contribution from Phil Ramone. And starting the album, Ray collaborates with a relative newcomer, Norah Jones, in his 1967 blues hit - "Here We Go Again". The song is strong throughout, but fades a bit at the end where Ray and Norah struggle trying to mix harmony. Preston's contribution on the Hammond B3 is flawless in this collaboration.

Even better than being asked to work with Ray on one of his own songs is the honor of having Ray want to sing one of yours in a duet. Ray introduced and inducted masterful songwriter Van Morrison into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the summer of 2003, and their resulting duet, to Morrison's "Crazy Love" (from his amazing album, "Moondance") kick started the whole duet album concept. It is the only live performance on the CD, and it amazes in that Morrison completely changes his approach to the song given the way that Ray begins it. A flawless exercise (again, with Ramone producing) in musicianship!

Another pop icon, Elton John, contributed the last song recorded, and the one where Ray's voice is the most feeble, but yet haunting. True to form, his lead in the song gives Elton John an opportunity to sing his part in a completely different manner than his original recording. The song is silk, with a full string accompaniment and a brooding, sultry feel that is perfect for both.

The third artist who contributed a song and a duet is the wonderful James Taylor. I've never been a fan of his ditty, "Sweet Potato Pie", and although it seems a logical choice for he and Ray -- it is one of only three "passable" songs.

The other two songs that didn't quite cut it? Both are classics, and in both, Ray works with another genius. Unfortunately, both songs are overproduced and the mix of styles and voices doesn't work well. With Johnny Mathis in "Over the Rainbow" -- Ray can't get Johnny to leave the standard melody and presentation of the old song. Ray's bluesy counterpoint doesn't blend well, and the song is regrettably, just ordinary. One can't help but contrast it to the amazing Eva Cassidy version of the same song. Perhaps the weakest duet on the album is a contrast in style and song, with Willie Nelson on the Sinatra standard, "It Was A Very Good Year". In an overblown, orchestra-laden approach, arranger Victor Vanacore leaves you feeling the production had nothing to do with the singers....it was a la Sinatra. Either Ray or Willie could have done a credibly different version of the song as a solo, but together, the mix didn't work.

One of Ray's favorite songs was a 60's pop tune called "Hey Girl"...wisely, he performs with a king of blue-eyed soul, Michael McDonald. Strangely, Ray takes the high part, and McDonald, known for his incredible range in the high register, gets to exercise his lower range, although at one point, he lets his pipes fly. With a full power orchestra, this song works, and the playful, tongue in cheek way in which Ray approaches it, makes it a highlight.

But, saving the best for last, the only real jazz combination on the CD is Ray's duet with Natalie Cole on the classic, "Fever". They are smooth as velvet and in perfect combination on the song. "Fever" is known as a jazz torch song for a woman, but somehow, this duet, more playful and and unique than any version I've heard, is my favorite of all the songs on the CD.

So, 9 great collaborations, and some exceptional liner notes and photos of Ray's last days ...far away offset a few of the lesser notes on this, the last effort of one of the finest performers of the last century.

Buy, enjoy. ~ L. Quido "quidrock"

Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company tracks:
01 Here We Go Again [Norah Jones] 03:59
02 Sweet Potato Pie [James Taylor] 03:47
03 You Don't Know Me [Diana Krall] 03:55
04 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word [Elton John] 03:59
05 Fever [Natalie Cole] 03:30
06 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? [Bonnie Raitt] 04:34
07 It Was a Very Good Year 04:59
08 Hey Girl [Michael McDonald] 05:15
09 Sinner's Prayer [B.B. King] 04:25
10 Heaven Help Us All [Gladys Knight] 04:32
11 Over the Rainbow [Johnny Mathis] 04:54
12 Crazy Love [Live] 06:14

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