|Announcement on the Russian |
torrent website [name withheld].
A Russian torrent website not only adds a few details to that description (i.e. that the TV show was aired by RTR, and that the concert was also - simultaneously, as it turns out - broadcast by "Prestige" radio), it also offers a possibility to download the concert!
Sergei Antipov, sitting at an editing console, introduced the viewers to different sequences of the show. Ray's presence in Moscow was clearly a big event. The footage starts with a reportage from a press conference at Hotel Metropol, where Ray - at his charming best - expresses his clearly genuine gratitude for being invited to Moscow for the first time in his career. Further on in the program, we see a number of street interviews with members of the audience.
The concert footage comes from the show on July 14th. Ray, the band and The Raelettes were in great shape that night. Tonette McKinney's rendition of the Donny Hathaway tune Giving Up (#14) is a marvel (watch below).
The setlist* was:
- Metamorphosis (Ray Charles Orchestra) (solos Ernest Vantrease - kb; Curt Weiss - tp, Al Jackson - as)
- Intro RC
- Then We'll Be Home (Sadies Tune)
- Georgia On My Mind
- Mississippi Mud
- How Long Has This Been Going On (solo David Hoffman - tp)
- Teardrops From My Eyes (solo Al Waters - ts)
- Blues For Big Scotia
- A Song For You
- Intro Raelettes (by RC)
- Rock Steady (ft Estella Yarbrough)
- Giving Up (ft Tonette McKinney)
- Hit The Road Jack
- I Can't Stop Loving You
- What'd I Say (intro: Gonna Keep On Singin')
Musicians: Larry Foyen, Kurt Weiss, David Hoffman, Kenny Scharf - trumpets; Steve Sigmund, Mike Guerrier, Marc Fields, Pete Beltran - trombones; Steve Elliott, Al Jackson - alto saxophones; Al Waters, Rudy Johnson - tenor saxophones; Jim Farnsworth - baritone saxophone; Peter Turre - drums; Steve Gregory - guitar; Tom Fowler - bass; Ernest Vantrease - piano, organ. The Raelettes: Elaine Woodard, Tonette McKinney, Estelle Yarbrough, Renee Collins Georges, Angela Workman.
* Many thanks to David Hoffman for attributing the solos and completing the line-up.
Metamorphosis (Ray Charles Orchestra):
Giving Up (Tonette McKinney):
Rhythm section: Peter Turre - d; Steve Gregory - g; Tom Fowler - b; Ernest
Vantrease - o. The other Raelettes: Elaine Woodard, Estelle Yarbrough, Renee
Collins Georges, Angela Workman.
On 15 July CBS' Early Show covered the event with an item under the title Ray Charles performs at 2nd Annual Jazz Festival in Moscow (source here). The AP Archive has databased another news item (originally from Worldwide Television News, a company they bought), first aired on 18 July 1994, showing how Ray Charles arrives in Moscow, then has a press conference, and then performs.
Also read this article in the Moscow Times.