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 album.

Recorded Live at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, February 9th and 10th 2009

Track Listing

Hallelujah I Love Her So – (Gospel 2-Beat / Boogaloo / 4/4 Swing) 4:54 Play
Come Rain Or Come Shine – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Walking Ballad] 3:52 Play
Unchain My Heart – (Bolero With Habanera Bass) 5:35 Play
Cryin’ Time – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Country Ballad] 4:32 Play
Losing Hand – (Dirge With Chain - Gang Shuffle) 5:16 Play
Hit The Road Jack – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Gospel 2-Beat / 4/4 Swing] 7:45 Play
I’m Moving On – (Boogaloo With Afro-Latin Backbeat / 4/4 Swing) 5:44 Play
Busted – (Gospel 12/8 Shuffle) 5:04 Play
Here We Go Again – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Rhythm & Blues 12/8 Shuffle] 5:10 Play
Makin’ Whoopee – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Hard-Bop 2-Beat / 4/4 Swing] 4:53 Play
I Love You So Much It Hurts – (Waltz) 2:53 Play
What’d I Say – (Feat. Norah Jones) [Boogaloo] 6:10 Play

Liner Notes

DVD trailer

Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

1. HALLELUJAH I LOVE HER SO
(Gospel 2-beat / Boogaloo / 4/4 Swing) 4:56
(Ray Charles) Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI)
Arranged by Sherman Irby

2. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
(Walking Ballad) 3:52
(H. Arlen, J. Mercer) S.A. Music (ASCAP) / WB
Music Corp (ASCAP)
Arranged by Richard DeRosa

3. UNCHAIN MY HEART
(Bolero with Habanera bass) 5:35
(B. Sharp, T. Powell) Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP)
Arranged by Victor Goines

4. CRYIN’ TIME
(Country Ballad) 4:33
(Buck Owens) Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI) /
Beachaven Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Wixen Music
Publishing obo Jarest Music Company (ASCAP)
Arranged by Victor Goines

5. LOSING HAND
(Dirge with Chain-Gang Shuffle) 5:16
(Charles Calhoun) Hill & Range Songs, Inc. (BMI)
Arranged by Ali Jackson

6. HIT THE ROAD JACK
(Gospel 2-beat / 4/4 Swing) 7:45
(Percy Mayfield) Tangerine Music Corp. (BMI)
Arranged by Vincent Gardner

7. I’M MOVING ON
(Boogaloo with Afro-Latin Backbeat / 4/4 Swing) 5:44
(Hank Snow) Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

8. BUSTED
(Gospel 12/8 Shuffle) 5:04
(Harlan Howard) Song/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
Arranged by Christopher Crenshaw

9. HERE WE GO AGAIN
(Rhythm & Blues 12/8 Shuffle) 5:10
(D. Lanier, R. Steagall) DIRK Music (BMI)
Arranged by Andy Farber

10. MAKIN’ WHOOPEE
(Hard-Bop 2-beat / 4/4 Swing) 4:54
(W. Donaldson, G. Kahn) Donaldson Publishing Co. (ASCAP) / WB Music Corp. obo Gilbert Keys Music Company (ASCAP) / Larry Spier, Inc. (ASCAP) / Tobago Music Co. (ASCAP)
Arranged by Richard DeRosa

11. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH (IT HURTS)
(Waltz) 2:53
(Floyd Tillman) Melody Lane Publications, Inc. (BMI)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

12. WHAT’D I SAY
(Boogaloo) 6:12
(Ray Charles) Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI) / Mijac Music (BMI)
Arranged by Andy Farber

Executive Producer: MARK ROTHBAUM
Produced by: JEFF JONES “THE JEDI MASTER” and JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Recorded by: SAUNDRA PALMER-GRASSI and ROB MACOMBER
Mixed and Mastered by: JEFF JONES “THE JEDI MASTER” at World Alert Music, NYC
Assisted by: EVAN MANNERS and JOANNE LEVEY
Music Copyists: GEOFF BURKE, JONATHAN KELLY, KATE SAIN
Music Supervisors: KAY NIEWOOD, CHRISTIANNA ENGLISH

A&R: ELI WOLF
A&R Administration: NATASHA NETTO
Product Manager: SHANIEKA BROOKS
Management:
WILLIE NELSON
Mark Rothbaum and Associates Inc.

WYNTON MARSALIS
Ed Arrendell, The Management Ark, Inc.

NORAH JONES
Macklam Feldman Management

For Jazz at Lincoln Center:
Artistic Director: WYNTON MARSALIS
Executive Director: ADRIAN ELLIS

Jazz at Lincoln Center gives special thanks to:
The Board of Directors and staff at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Laura Johnson, Kris Kandel, Office of Wynton Marsalis: Genevieve S. Stewart, Jono Gasparro

Creative Direction: GORDON H JEE
Art Direction and Design: RANDALL LEDDY
Lettering/Backgrounds: DARREN BOOTH www.darrenbooth.com
Concert Photography: JULIE SKARRATT

Sidemen

WILLIE NELSON – Vocals (tracks 1, 3-9, 11, 12), Guitar (tracks 1-9, 12)
NORAH JONES – Vocals (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12)
WYNTON MARSALIS – Vocals (tracks 6, 8, 12), Trumpet
DAN NIMMER – Piano
MICKEY RAPHAEL – Harmonica
WALTER BLANDING – Vocals (track 6), Tenor Saxophone
CARLOS HENRIQUEZ – Bass
ALI JACKSON – Drums and Percussion