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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724358048728
  • Catalog Number: 80487

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
El DeBarge Composer
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Larry Gray Arranger
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson do it again!

    Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson have once again done a spectacular job recording together. Miss Wilson's vocals are out of this world, especially on "Give Me Something Real." Lewis does a great job reworking War's classic "Slippin' Into Darkness."

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