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Ramsey plays with real soul!
on 22 July 2007
The combination of these 2 albums by the fabulous Ramsey Lewis Trio is perfect as each album compliments the other wonderfully.
Both albums are of 1960's vintage and the sound is superb. "Hang On Ramsey" is a live jazz club recording and although in other reviews I have strongly expressed my aversion to "live audience" recordings, I have to admit that the intimacy of this venue and the live audience add another dimension to the atmosphere of this CD. There is a "let's all have a good time" feel to the recording and the musicians sound to have been inspired by the presence of an appreciative audience who incidentally are merely in the background and do not in any way distract the listener from the enjoyment of the fine performances of the players.
The music is funky and swingin' and is typical fare from the era of Rock and Soul!
The second album on the CD is a classic and is in a similar style although this time there is a cracking big band conducted by American arranger Richard Evans,a very talented black American musician with a great feeling for the blues and soul music in particular.
The opening track on this album is a gem - "Wade In The Water" although credited to Ramsey Lewis on the album is in fact a traditional song with it's roots steeped in black American culture. The great jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin had modest success with this song also in the 1960's.
There are a number of contributions ala the Beatles from both albums and to my ears each track is just as outstanding as another but I have to admit that my favourite is "Wade In The Water". This track is unbelievably funky and full of soul.
For jazz - funk - soul - be-bop, Ramsey comes out tops every time.
If your spirit needs a lift just pop this CD into your player and enjoy the sounds of 1960's pop-jazz from the great Ramsey Lewis Trio.
I hope my review is of some use to you so thank you for reading and enjoy the music!