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Re: Ray Charles

From: Buddy
Date: 19 Apr 2002
Time: 11:09:02


Recording with Ray Charles was an awesome experience as anyone might expect, but beyond that, I found our chemistry worked extremely well in the studio. We started with a blues tune with Ray at the piano, running the tune down with just the two of us. After selecting the spots to fill and spending a few minutes on the song, Ray would respond to fills with comments like, "Yeah man, I think you've got it." or "Um hum, you know what the old man likes." It was a gratifying moment, but I knew what he liked long before I got there, and what I was giving him was what he had given me through many hours of listening to his music. One of my greatest musical experiences was being on stage with Ray and his band in Nashville and his acknowledging my presence during the show. It doesn't get any better than that for a musician.

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