Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles Image
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  • Summary: Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis return to work together on this Ray Charles tribute with Norah Jones recorded in February 2009 at the Rose Theater.
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  1. May 18, 2011
    80
    They have done Ray Charles proud.
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    75
    Ray Charles surely would have admired the inventive and lively jazz-drenched arrangements accompanying many of his standards.
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    70
    In American art, a good time is often the most profound thing there is. Here We Go Again hints at this possibility, but pulls up just a little short.
  4. Apr 15, 2011
    70
    Thanks largely to the instrumental work, there's a satisfying amount of entertainment value on this release--even if major revelations are not forthcoming.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    60
    Nelson sounds edgy while Ali Jackson's percussion solo probably looks good on TV but bores aurally. [July 2011, p. 107]
  6. Apr 15, 2011
    50
    Here We Go Again feels like a missed opportunity. Nelson's nylon-stabbing guitar is too scarce here, giving way to Marsalis' jazz band, a slick cast that rotates solos exhaustively.
  7. Apr 29, 2011
    40
    Despite boasting favorites from Charles repertoire including "Cryin' Time," "Busted," and "Hit the Road Jack," this summit never clicks, perhaps a result of the one-off nature of the project making it hard for the musical personalities to fully gel.

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