LeRoy Holmes (dir), Claus Ogerman (arr), Joe Wilder, Ernie Royal, Jimmy Maxwell, Bernie Glow, Bernie Privin (tp), Jim Buffington, Tony Miranda (Frh), Wayne Andre, Frank Rehak (tb), Sam Taylor (ts), Hymie Schertzer (as), Sol Schlinger (bs), Dick Hyman (p), Alan Hanlon (g), Jack Lesberg (b), Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: BMCD 895
Bar code: 8427328008952
· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
“A Musical Portrait of Ray Charles” is a warm and sincere tribute, from one recording artist to another. LeRoy Holmes, famous bandleader and arranger, bows deeply in music to Ray Charles. What Holmes managed to achieve in truly satisfying fashion is an orchestral version of the Ray Charles style, through a combination of fine performances by a large orchestra and name soloists, who add the excitement and flavor that make Charles’ vocals so individual.
On “LeRoy Holmes Goes Latin—Bossa Nova,” the bandleader —working closely with Claus Ogerman, an outstanding composer and arranger in his own right— gathered a group of leading jazz musicians to get a most unusual treatment for his foray into the musical world of Bossa Nova.