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The Genius of Ray Charles arranged for le banjo

I had the pleasure of working up a tribute set to Ray Charles with Roosevelt Dime as part of the Dam Festival this summer. Every tune I worked on unlocked new little nuggets of polyphonic bluesy genius that will be deep parts of my repertoire moving forward. As always, the lesson is that if you’re gonna steal, steal from the best. A few excerpts below…