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Who played bass guitar on Ray Charles' album Spirit Of Christmass?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dragan, Mar 26, 2014.


  1. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    Just can't find it on Google...Anyone with original vinyl or CD record knows? I had a casette back then in 80s:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXo6KrKv5hU

    One of my favourite albums ever, finest example of playing and singing ofcourse. great arrangements and probably one of tastiest bass playing ever recorded,IMO.

    Does anyone knows who is the man?
     
  2. GregT

    GregT Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    There is always the chance that it is Carol Kaye. I know she did work with Ray on some of his stuff. Of course she wasn't a man. She was on more recordings than just about anyone because she was the studio bassist.

    https://www.carolkaye.com/ Check out the Library tab on the site!

    She was for sure the bassist on his America the Beautiful and others
     
  3. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    thanx Greg. Even I may sound stupid, I would swear thats a male bass player there! haha!!! would be fun to find it's Carol actually!

    and btw.from what I have read about her,she is famous to claim credits for songs she actually didnt played on.
     
  4. GregT

    GregT Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    I read that too. I think there may be a couple songs in dispute. It will never take away from her legacy. I'd sure have a hard time remembering all the songs I was on if I had done a tenth of what she has. She will always be the reigning Queen of Bass, at least for me.
     
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  6. klaatu

    klaatu

    Feb 12, 2010
    Southbridge MA
    Carol Kaye played on Ray Charles Volcanic Action Of My Soul. Check out her playing on this song, Feel So Bad.

     
  7. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
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    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Woo-hoo! Carol's the man! :hyper:
     
  8. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    That song wasnt in question.:bassist:
     
  9. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    I checked "the library" after noticing that she played Bernadette and I was made to love her, I left the site :confused:
     
  10. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    The album was recorded in 1985, so I doubt it was Carol.
     
  11. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I just bought this album in Dec 2013...we were streaming Xmas music off North Pole Radio & Charles' "Rudolph" was just too cool & funky...and they kept playing it, I hadda have it.
    Very 'jazzy' material is also on this album.
    I will look at the liner notes when I get home...
    Definitely not Kaye!
     
  12. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    thanx for input so far!
    yup,like said,I wouldnt say thats a Kaye, it really has that testosterone grip in it!
     
  13. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    No bassist listed in the credits.

    Here's all they're giving-
    Ray Charles- vocals, piano (2, 3, 9), synth (10)
    with-
    Freddie Hubbard- trumpet, flugelhorn
    Rudy Johnson- tenor sax
    Jeff Pevar, Kevin Turner, guitar
    The Raelettes, background vocals
    Betty Carter does the "Baby, It's Cold Outside" duet w/ Charles

    Bassist & Drummer get zippo!
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
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    Listen, I know gals that are twice the man on bass that you and I are. I suppose you're just trying to be goofy on the internet, but there are plenty of gals out there who will do the bass equivalent of ripping your heart out of your chest with their bare hands and showing it to you before you die.
     
  15. Whoever they were, they probably got less than scale!
     

  16. Those guys probably got scale. According to Pevar, Ray just refused to pay double scale.
     
  17. Another side:
    had feared that "Ray" would whitewash Charles's character, as movie biopics tend to do. But James L. White's screenplay shows Charles's many tragic character flaws in a sympathetic light. Charles had a terrible way of using everybody and everything around him, from musicians to producers to drugs to women. Benny Goodman had a reputation for being cheap, but he was the soul of generosity compared to Charles, who once left a sick sideman stranded in Japan and fired a disgruntled musician on stage.
    "Gospel According to Ray Charles"
    - Will Friedwald NY Sun
     
  18. Dragan

    Dragan

    Oct 5, 2009
    Oh,another movie sentence from you, Jimmy!:D
    All kidding aside, its not about boys vs girls, I am really curious to find out who played that bass. If that was aunt Rossaline, I am happy! Unfortunatelly, for some reason this data is hard to find!
     
  19. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern Gold Supporting Member

    I'm going to hazzard an educated guess...Wilton Felder; maybe an outside chance of Chuck Rainey, but he would have had to curtail his idiosyncratic style to have played the to-the-point lines I heard in the song samples on the album's Allmusic page.
     
  20. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    I think if it was recorded in 1985 it would preclude those guys too.