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08 October 2014

Willow Weep For Me (With David Fathead Newman, Ray Charles On Piano)

Album: Fathead, Atlantic 1304, 1960 (November 1958).
Album (DVD): Ray Charles à Montreux 1978, S.p., S.a.

Recording Date: November 5, 1958 at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York.

Ray Charles (p), David Newman (as), Marcus Belgrave (tp); Hank Crawford (bs), Edgar Willis (b), Milt Turner (ds). Arranged by Hank Crawford. Recording engineer: Tom Dowd.

Twenty years later the Montreux Jazz Festival reunited Ray with Fathead and Hank, and combined them with a combo led by Dizzy Gillespie. They took the Willow arrangement from '58, but this time Crawford played alto himself. Ray played his electric piano (and scatted a little in the end), but the main merit of the clip below is that Ray and Hank turned it into a true masterclass (giving the poor rhythm section a very hard time...).

Subject: keep it slooooooooooooooooooooooooow.

With Hank Crawford (as) and David Newman (ts), Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Ray Charles (el.p., voc), Mickey Roker (ds), Kenny Burrel (g), George Duvivier (b).

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