Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

by Ramsey Lewis
     
 

Longtime fans of these two jazz legends may know that they met originally in the early '60s as clients of the same manager; and recorded their first duet album in 1984, Two of Us, which was produced by Stanley Clarke. Based on the wonderful piano-vocal rapport (with brilliant horn arrangements courtesy of See more details below

Overview

Longtime fans of these two jazz legends may know that they met originally in the early '60s as clients of the same manager; and recorded their first duet album in 1984, Two of Us, which was produced by Stanley Clarke. Based on the wonderful piano-vocal rapport (with brilliant horn arrangements courtesy of Llew Matthews) on this disc and 2002's Meant To Be, it's a good thing that Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson caught up with each other in 2001, when Wilson played the Ravinia Festival (Lewis serves as Artistic Director). Simple Pleasures features both vocals and instrumentals with a wide range of dynamics, from his romantic but too subtle piano melody on "In My Life," to Wilson's fiery belting over a sea of snazzy horns on "Give Me Something Real." It's great to hear her let loose, but the slower, sensual side of her vocal prowess (on tunes like "Lost Up in Loving You") is even more inviting. They choose their material wisely, from the hip classic pop of Debarge's "All This Love" to "God Bless The Child," which they do in a late night, torchy style. The best of the five, Lewis' only performance is the swinging trio rendition of the R&B classic "Ooh Child," which takes the original melody in fast and furious directions. Let's hope the conversation between them continues indefinitely.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724358048728
catalogNumber:
80487

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano (Grand)
Nancy Wilson   Vocals
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Orbert Davis   Trumpet
Steve Eisen   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Gray   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Llew Matthews   Keyboards
Kirk Tracy   Trombone
Leon Jr. Joyce   Drums

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Lee Oskar   Composer
Kenny Rankin   Composer
Lonnie Jordan   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Ramsey Lewis   Composer,Producer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
Larry Gray   Arranger
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Danny Leake   Engineer,Digital Editing
Frayne Lewis   Creative Assistance
Yvonne Rankin   Composer
Trevor Sadler   Mastering
William Salter   Composer
Howard Scott   Composer
Stan Vincent   Composer
Charles Miller   Composer
Llew Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Mathieu Lejeune   Engineer
Clark Anderson   Composer
Warren Mervyn Edwin   Composer
Thomas Sylvester Allen   Composer

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