Ray Charles’ Creative Excellence

Ray Charles played often at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival. Ray Charles – Live At Montreux 1997 shows Charles at his best. The powerful blend of jazz, piano blues and  R&B shows what a great performer Ray Charles was. His impeccable show features a collection of songs that are now classics, such as "Georgia on My Mind", "Shadows of My Mind", "I Can’t Stop Loving You" and "What’s I Say."

The concert was filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 19, 1997 and was the blind genius’ last performance at the Montreux Festival. His band included a 15 piece orchestra led by sax player Al Jackson and the popular Raelettes singers.

Other songs included in the DVD are "I’ll Be Home" (Sadie’s Tune), "Mississippi Mud", "Just For A Thrill," "You Made Me Love You," "Blues For Big Scotia,"
"Song For You" and "Watch Them Dogs."


Ray Charles – Live At Montreux 1997 is a remarkable performance by a singer and pianist at his prime.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.