"Ray's 'cultural landmark' album has always been a part of me," says Klein. "Madeleine naturally came to mind with this project. Much like Charles who in 1962 jelled R & B, Gospel, Country and Jazz, Madeleine is at a nexus of styles. She comes from the same places, blending Jazz, Blues, Country and
Pop." The duos' concept was in no way intended to replicate the instrumentation, arrangements, style or sequence of the original album. Instead, Madeleine and Mr Klein represented the artistic freedom Ray exhibited, using imagination to break down musical categories and barriers.