Tracks from the vaults stand the test of time
Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00
The Genius Hits The Road
Ray Charles (vocals, piano) with various groups. Recorded 1960.
This consists of the 1960 LP plus seven bonus tracks. The original 12 songs all had place-names in the title, from Alabamy Bound to Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Of course, the Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell standard Georgia On My Mind is featured, as is the evocative Moonlight in Vermont. My favourite is the witty New York's My Home, claiming that city's superiority to all others. Ray Charles (above right) invests all these tunes with his characteristic blues feeling, even those backed by strings and choir.
McCoy Tyner Trio
Tyner McCoy (piano), Art Davis/Henry Grimes (bass), Elvin Jones/Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded 1962.
During his time with the John Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner took time off to record some trio albums, two of which are reissued here. The mood is sunny throughout, and the pianist's virtuosity is used in the service of warmth, fluency and the sheer pleasure of making beautiful music.