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Blues For Brother Ray

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01
What'd I Say
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
6:09
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Baby, It's Cold Outside
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
5:59
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Brother Ray
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
5:12
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Cry Me A River
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
5:44
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One Mint Julep
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
7:00
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Makin' Whoopee
Artist: Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
7:25
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Lonely Avenue
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
8:22
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Georgia On My Mind
Artist: Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein
6:06
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 51:57

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Great Tribute

DavidHoffman

Jim Rotondi is one of the great trumpet players of our time. I worked with him on Ray Charles band and he was always a pleasure, musically and personally. This is a great tribute to Brother Ray. Thanks, Jim!

They Say All Music Guide

Jim Rotondi isn’t the first jazz artist to pay tribute to Ray Charles. Singer Roseanna Vitro, for example, paid tribute to the soul icon on her 1997 session Catchin’ Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles. But it is safe to say that paying tribute to Charles isn’t an idea that has been beaten to death in the jazz world; there haven’t been nearly as many jazz tributes to Charles as there have been jazz tributes to Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, or George Gershwin. And on Blues for Brother Ray, Rotondi offers a hard bop/post-bop instrumentalist’s take on Charles’ repertoire. Joining Rotondi on this 52-minute CD are tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Mike LeDonne, and drummer Joe Farnsworth; because the album prominently features an organist and focuses on songs associated with a major R&B legend, one naturally expects to hear some soul-jazz — and sure enough, the soul-jazz factor is quite strong on groove-oriented but improvisatory performances of “Lonely Avenue” (which absolutely oozes with blues feeling), “What’d I Say,” “One Minute Julep,” and “Makin’ Whoopee.” But Rotondi goes for more of a post-bop approach on “Cry Me a River,” which finds LeDonne’s organ playing taking on a Larry Young-minded quality (as opposed to the Jimmy Smith/Jack McDuff/Richard “Groove” Holmes aesthetic LeDonne usually favors on Blues for Brother Ray). And “Georgia on My Mind” is a major surprise; instead of performing the Hoagy Carmichael standard as a slow ballad, Rotondi transforms it into ultra-fast bop. A consistently engaging acknowledgement of Charles’ legacy, Blues for Brother Ray is easily one of the best albums in Rotondi’s catalog. – Alex Henderson

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