Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing. James Giuffre was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians.
Arguably his most exotic record, East Meets West finds Abdul-Malik with an interesting blend of Middle Eastern instruments with those from the world of jazz, he also plays oud, the forerunner to the lute.
Ray Charles was best known for his work in the idioms of R&B, rock 'n' roll and even successful forays into country.
But he also recorded influential jazz albums, including the groundbreaking Genius + Soul = Jazz originally released in 1961.