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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool as Hell, 18 Nov. 2006
This review is from: The Greatest Hits Of Ramsey Lewis (Audio CD)
It took a long time before jazz snobbery began to disappear and it took the Beatles to do it.The Beatles were not lovers of jazz themselves and only really rated Humphrey Lyttleton's Bad Penny Blues -which later influenced Lady Madonna.Lennon once said he hated jazz and I wonder whether THAT remark influenced an 80s band to name themselves
JOHNNY HATES JAZZ but whatever.
The Beatles got rid of the musics snob attachments more by accident than design when so many jazzmen began to record versions of their songs-some doing entire albums like Count Basie.
In 1963 American singer Trini Lopez-after a string of failures on King Records- appeared with the Beatles in Paris shortly after he'd come uup with the concept of recording folk songs with live club sounds in the background and he had a couple of hit singles.The idea was revived by another failed singer Johnny Rivers did it through at least 6 albums
This is when the jazz world began to notice and Ramsey Lewis was the right man for it and on a label which had signed him years earlier.But like Chess' jazz catalog this was specialist stuff the same as blues had been until the Stones discovered it.
Jaxx musicians had always recorded standards rather than current hits so this was a new thing as Ramsey plundered the charts of the mid 60s.Imagine how purist jazz fans would have reacted if in the 50s some jazz group had recorded Bill Haley songs!
But times had changed for the better-only Dave Brubeck could become a consistent chart name prior to the Beatles but this was down to original material which took chances with weird time signatures.
Ths sound of the Ramsey Lewis Trio -without the background effects-lives on in a German trio called Beatle Jazz while the one time hitmakers splintered into Ramsey Lewis as a solo act and the Young-Holt Unlimited for the other two
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010 14:04:17 BDT
A. Newlands says:
The beatles got rid of jazz snobbery?
I see.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 09:04:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 11:38:49 BDT
Mr. Mungo says:
This rather rambling review sounds more like a commentary on the impact of The Beatles on popular music than an appreciation of the Ramsey Lewis Trio which, by the way, were a great, if somewhat repetitive, pop-soul-jazz fusion group!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 09:33:22 GMT
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