During the first tour with his augmented band, Ray Charles (here with Hank Crawford and Phil Guilbeau at McCormick Place in Chicago, on april 8 or 9, 1961) kept his left arm in a sling. He nevertheless played with his "injured left hand"; playing "the organ principally with his right and also relied on his foot pedal work". Photo by Ted Williams.
Liner notes said (and RvG of course remembered) that Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, were used. Wall decoration indeed consistent with photos of other sessions at Van Gelder's. But Phil Ramone (prob. erroneously) remembered that his A&R Studio at 112 West 48th St. in NYC was (also?) used. Clipped from Ebony, March 1960; often attributed to Moneta Sleet, and dated 1964 - but made in 1960, probably by Howard Morehead.
Archie Shepp (born May 24, 1937) is an American jazz saxophonist. Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late 1960s, which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by African Americans, as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five, Horace Parlan, and his collaborations with his "New Thing" contemporaries, most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane.