Here We Go Again Celebrating The Music Of Ray Charles

Nelson Willie Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones

Here We Go Again Celebrating The Music Of Ray Charles
1 April 2011

Here We Go Again Celebrating The Music Of Ray Charles

Nelson Willie Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones

Once in a while the stars align and something magical happens…as on the night Jazz at Lincoln Center presented a salute to the late, great bluesman, Ray Charles. Two musical iconoclasts, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, along with the stunning songstress Norah Jones, collectively brought their unique musical perspective to the legendary artist’s hits such as “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Hit the Road Jack,” and “Unchain My Heart.”

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis share more in common than their multiple GRAMMY® awards. They also share great respect and admiration for the late musical pioneer Ray Charles. Nelson and Marsalis joined musical forces for a two-night Jazz at Lincoln Center concert event at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Their set list explored the legacy of Charles, cleverly sequencing the songs to tell the story of a love affair from beginning to end and beyond. This fine idea was made finer by the inclusion of fellow multiple GRAMMY® winner Norah Jones, whose style suggests a middle ground between Nelson and Marsalis. The sold out performance was captured and the resulting footage expertly mixed and mastered for the brand new CD, WILLIE NELSON AND WYNTON MARSALIS PLAY THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES.


Given the rousing artisticand commercial success ofthe first recorded collaborationof legendary countrytroubadour Willie Nelsonand jazz statesman WyntonMarsalis on 2008’s Blue Note album TwoMen With the Blues, it’s not surprising that thepair would rendezvous again. This album wasrecorded live at New York’s Jazz at LincolnCenter, with special guest Norah Jones. Thealbum pays homage to the music of the lateRay Charles, the iconic star of soul, R&B,country, jazz and pop.

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