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17 November 2014

Birth Of The Blues

Album: Genius + Soul = Jazz, Impulse 2, February 1961.

The album was recorded at the Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, on 26 and 27 December 1960.

Ralph Burns wrote a triumphant chart for this Roy Henderson composition; Ray's organ playing was brilliant.

With John Frosk, Jimmy Nottingham, Philip Guilbeau (solo), Clark Terry, Joe Wilder - trumpet; Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Keg Johnson, George Matthews - trombone; George Dorsey, Earle Warren - alto saxophone; Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell - tenor saxophone; Haywood Henry - bariton saxophone; Sam Herman - guitar; Joe Benjamin - bass; Roy Haynes - drums. Arranged by Ralph Burns.

Kennedy Center, for Sammy Davis, 1987:

From 1961 to 1964 the tune was part of the Orchestra's book, and longlisted as being ready to play at every concert. In 1987 Ray also sang the DeSylva/Brown lyrics.

'87 TV Sammy

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