Meant to Be

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On the all-acoustic Meant to Be, their first collaboration since The Two of Us in 1984, pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer Nancy Wilson, both 1937 babies, offer another document of the musical magnetism that makes them click. Wilson, in superb voice, sings five tracks. These include three signature ballads -- Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark," Patti Austin's "First Time Love," and the summational "Did I Ever Really Live" -- that are as fine as anything in her recent oeuvre. There's a medium-swing cover of Van Morrison's "Moondance," and a delightfully vampy "Peel Me a Grape," at the conclusion of which she and Lewis dissolve into well-earned giggles at the audacity of it ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On the all-acoustic Meant to Be, their first collaboration since The Two of Us in 1984, pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer Nancy Wilson, both 1937 babies, offer another document of the musical magnetism that makes them click. Wilson, in superb voice, sings five tracks. These include three signature ballads -- Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark," Patti Austin's "First Time Love," and the summational "Did I Ever Really Live" -- that are as fine as anything in her recent oeuvre. There's a medium-swing cover of Van Morrison's "Moondance," and a delightfully vampy "Peel Me a Grape," at the conclusion of which she and Lewis dissolve into well-earned giggles at the audacity of it all. Wilson's presence isn't the only selling point here; spurred by his first-rate Chicago-based trio, Lewis stretches out a bit on five reflective originals, all containing considerable harmonic meat beneath the characteristic melodic hooks that are his trademark. Not too heavy, not too light, everything's just right on this strong effort.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson's 1984 project, The Two of Us, featured synth pop, smooth jazz, and disco-lite covers of tunes such as Paul McCartney's "Ram." While it was a solid attempt at mid-'80s mainstream pop radio airplay, it had little to do aesthetically with the jazz heritage that Lewis and Wilson built their careers on. Fast-forward to 2002 and you find the duo teaming up again on Meant to Be, an album of straight-ahead acoustic jazz. Some fans of The Two of Us may be a little disappointed with the classicist nature of the project, but anyone who's enjoyed the varied work of these two legends should revel in the lush sound they've achieved. Both Lewis and Wilson's careers have been marked by their ability to bring jazz to a wider audience by focusing on the melodic elements innate to well-composed songs. Here, they apply this to such jazz-friendly tunes like Van Morrison's "Moondance" and Blossom Dearie's "Peel Me a Grape." But it is the oft-overlooked jazz standard "Did I Ever Really Live" that defines the slightly melancholy tone of the album. Meant to have been recorded on September 11, 2001, the session was postponed for obvious reasons and when the musicians finally made it into the studio, the song's lyrics had taken on a more sanguine, heartbreaking meaning. Both Lewis and Wilson have aged well, with their abilities growing stronger and more assured. Wilson's voice is still as gorgeous and bell-tone pretty as ever, but reveals just the hint of a throaty fuzz that only deepens the beauty of her delivery. Lewis also fares well, filling out the tracks with his mature piano playing and compositions that reflect the best of his mid-'60s work.
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Two vets...dish up a pleasing set of mature vocal renditions and instrumentals

Two vets...dish up a pleasing set of mature vocal renditions and instrumentals
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724385077425
  • Catalog Number: 50774

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peel Me a Grape (5:11)
  2. 2 Truthfully (5:52)
  3. 3 Did I Ever Really Live (2:37)
  4. 4 Velvet Night (4:45)
  5. 5 A Moment Alone (7:12)
  6. 6 Moondance (5:21)
  7. 7 Meant to Be (5:03)
  8. 8 Piano in the Dark (4:33)
  9. 9 Time Peace (5:58)
  10. 10 First Time Love (5:34)
  11. 11 Tanquissimo (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ramsey Lewis Primary Artist, Piano
Nancy Wilson Vocals
Ernie Adams Drums
Larry Gray Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Nancy Wilson Liner Notes
Ramsey Lewis Arranger, Producer
Larry Gray Arranger
Danny Leake Engineer, Digital Editing
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Johnny Pate Creative Assistance
Marc Hauser Cover Photo
Karen Leigh Williams Creative Assistance
Mathieu Lejeune Digital Editing
Bob Kessler Creative Assistance
William Cochran Creative Assistance
Mark Ruffin Creative Assistance
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